The Board of Trustees established the 25 Year Club in 1982 with 98 charter members, with the goal of recognizing faculty and staff who have at least 25 years of service to Western Michigan University.
Membership in the 25 Year Club is recognized at the annual gala, which is traditionally held between Thanksgiving and fall semester exam week. All active and retired members of the 25 Year Club are invited to this annual event.
New members are "inducted" into the club during the calendar year in which they achieve 25 years of service. These new members receive a gift from the University, a commemorative certificate and a 25 Year Club mug.
Membership is purely an honorary designation. Other than the annual gala, there are no other official functions or responsibilities affiliated with the 25 Year Club.