The Board of Trustees established the 25 Year Club in 1982 with ninety eight charter members, with the goal of recognizing faculty and staff who have at 25 years of service to the 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 twenty-five 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.