Retirement Plan Information

It is the policy of the University System of Georgia to provide for the retirement of all regular, benefits eligible employees either through the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) or the Optional Retirement System (ORP).



Non-Exempt Employees

Your plan options will be based on your employment status. If you are a non-exempt or hourly paid employee working 20 hours or more, you will automatically be enrolled in TRS. Once you are enrolled you will receive a welcome letter from TRS with instructions to visit the TRS website to open a TRS online account and to register beneficiaries.

Exempt Employees

Your plan options will be based on your employment status. If you are an exempt or salaried employee working 20 hours or more, you have the choice of ORP or TRS.  Employees must make an irrevocable election to participate in one of these plans within 60 calendar days of employment.

Go to the link below to help you choose a retirement plan and learn how to enroll.  All required election forms should be returned to Human Resources via campus mail (PO Box 8104) or in person (Rosenwald Building, 1st Floor, Benefits Area).   If you further questions, please contact the Benefits office at (912) 478-0854.

Supplemental Retirement Savings Options

403(b) and 457(b) Supplemental Retirement Plans

Georgia Southern offers a 403(b) and 457(b) plan as voluntary retirement savings plans to supplement your TRS or ORP enrollment. These plans are available to all employees.

Choice of 403(b) Vendors includes: Ameriprise, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF and VALIC
Choice of Roth 403(b) Vendors include: VALIC
Choice of 457(b) Vendors includes: TIAA-CREF and VALIC

For more information on Supplemental Retirement Savings Options please go to the link below.

To Enroll
  1. Choose a vendor(s) and open an account.
  2. Complete a Salary Reduction Form and return to Human Resources
403(b) and 457(b) Contact Information
Vendor Representative Phone Number Website
Ameriprise Financial  Dallas Washburn 912-764-7718
Fidelity Isaiah Simpson 404-713-6168
TIAA  James Hogan 1-800-842-2003, ext. 263508
TIAA Ricky Pavelock, II 1-770-512-3592, ext. 263592
Valic (Statesboro Campus) Waine Skinner 912-687-0238 
Valic (Armstrong or Liberty Campus) Doug Burnett 912-898-1650



Last updated: 7/12/2018


Statesboro Campus: P.O. Box 8104 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-5468

Armstrong Campus: 11935 Abercorn Street • Savannah, Georgia 31419 • (912) 344-2587