The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers (RFAO) Organization is a long-established organization on campus with focus upon issues and concerns to the 500+ retired faculty and administrative officers.  The RFAO represents the interests of retired faculty and administrative officers on campus and provides relevant and important information to RFAO members.

About the RFAO:


The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers Organization aspires to enhance the contact between members and current faculty and administrative officers to maximize the wellbeing and educational experiences of all members of the UVM community.


The UVM Retired Faculty and Administrative Officers provides a variety of services that enrich the lives of its members and benefit the university and the greater community.

RFAO Goals:

  • To provide a wide range of activities, including educational, informational, cultural, social, and volunteer opportunities
  • To monitor and share information on benefits affecting health and life style choices
  • To advance all modes of communication with its members, the university, and the greater community
  • To assist the University of Vermont in accomplishing its mission and goals


All retired faculty and officers of administration are automatically, upon their official date of retirement, members of the UVM-RFAO. RFAO members are also automatically included in the RFAO listserv from which UVM communications and communications from the RFAO are regularly sent.

We encourage all retired faculty and officers of administration to participate in UVM-RFAO activities, so as to maintain and enrich interactions with colleagues who have worked together for many years, as well as to stay connected to UVM.


Current RFAO President:

Professor Emeritus
Michael Gurdon (email link)

The Executive Board invites all RFAO members to send comments, suggestions, and raise issues to the Board. Contact the President or any RFAO Executive Board member (see menu for members & emails).

UVM Retiree Medical Insurance Plan to change for 2021

UVM Human Resource Services (HRS) announced change to a new Medicare Advantage plan for 2021, the Vermont Blue Advantage (VBA), offered through Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  The RFAO Board met with UVM-HRS on 9/23/20 and received a presentation from HRS and VBA.  Materials provided to the RFAO:

UVM-HRS with the leadership of the new VBA program hosted a webinar on 10/29/20 and 10/30/20 for RFAO members about the new plan to UVM retirees. View the 10/30/2020 webinar on YouTube.


  • UVM Medicare Advantage customer service: 833-668-0280
  • UVM HRS ( or 802-656-3150)

Current RFAO Executive Board Activities

Your Executive Board meets monthly except in June and July and is involved in the following activities:

  • Working with UVM officials on matters such as health care insurance and other post-retirement benefits
  • Maintaining our website and an RFAO listserv to keep members up-to-date on Executive Board activities
  • Hosting annual fall and spring luncheons with a guest speaker
  • Administering the UVM Retired Scholars Award Program
  • Working with the UVM Foundation
  • Involvement in the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE)

New RFAO-FORUM Listserv

The RFAO has established a new RFAO-FORUM listserv that is a bidirectional forum for communication among RFAO members. The RFAO-FORUM is separate from the UVM-RFAO listserv, which is unidirectional providing UVM & RFAO announcements to members. The RFAO-FORUM is a means for RFAO members to communicate and converse with other RFAO members.

To join the RFAO-FORUM, send an email and include the following text in the body of the message:
subscribe RFAO-FORUM first_name last_name
After sending the email, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your subscription.

To post to the RFAO-FORUM, send your message to the RFAO-FORUM listserv.

RFAO Members, UVM and COVID-19

UVM provides updated information about COVID-19 and the University response. Much of that information can be found at

Visitors are not allowed onto the UVM campus. UVM is also concerned about individuals who are at serious risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Unfortunately, much of the RFAO membership falls into this category. Please do not come onto campus. If you must come onto campus, you must follow all UVM and State of Vermont safety requirements - please see links above for details.