Association of Retirement Organizations
in Higher Education

AROHE Board of Directors

The AROHE Board of Directors provides strategic direction and support to the organization. Comprised of innovative and forward-thinking leaders with expertise in facilitating retiree engagement, the board helps to ensure that AROHE furthers its goal of transforming retirement in higher education. Read board profiles.


William A. Verdini


Arizona State University

Roger Baldwin


Michigan State University

Susan Kress


Skidmore College

Caroline Kane


UC Berkeley

Trudy Fernandez

Immediate Past-President

Florida International University


Gray Crouse

Emory University

Charles DeSantis

Georgetown University

Emma Gillom Ward

University of Mississippi

Cherie Hamilton

University of Minnesota

Hoke Hill

Clemson University

Linda Pearson

Ivy Tech Community College

Cary Sweeney

University of California, Berkeley

Joyce M. Szabo

University of New Mexico

Kent Weaver

University of Toronto

Ex Officio Members

Sue Barnes

Sue Barnes

Interim Executive Director


Janette Brown

Janette Brown

Executive Director Emerita

University of Southern California

The board holds virtual conference meetings each month, typically on the first Thursday of the month.

Board terms are usually two years. Elections for new board members are typically held shortly following the biennial AROHE conference. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current terms have been extended and will now endon December 31, 2021. 

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