History of AROHE
Beginning in 1984, informal meetings among academic retirement organizations ultimately led to AROHE’s incorporation as a nonprofit in 2002 at the University of Southern California. AROHE’s original goals, “to provide resources and connections to increase retirees' value to their colleges and universities, communities, and professions in the areas of philanthropy, advocacy on behalf of the institution, volunteerism, and institutional knowledge and commitment,” continue to guide our work to “transform retirement” for academic retirees and to help institutions of higher education to recognize, value, and tap the enormous reservoir of talents, connections, and expertise that retirees possess. Click here for a PDF of AROHE's brief history.
Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run on a major political party’s presidential ticket, astronaut Bruce McCandless made the first untethered spacewalk, and the idea that would become AROHE began to take root. After a University of Southern California survey showed that very few colleges or universities had retirement organizations, USC spearheaded informal meetings with other universities in California, Oregon, and Washington that led to the first West Coast Conference on Retirement in Colleges and Universities in 1985 at USC. After several years of regular meetings, efforts stalled in 1990.