The University of Missouri did not have a retirement plan prior to 1958. At that time the administration formulated retirement options and the faculty and staff chose a non-contributory defined benefit plan. Dramatic changes in the University’s retirement and benefits plans, proposed to begin on September 1, 1990, created concerns in pre-1990 retirees about whether their interests and concerns were being effectively communicated to the administration. These concerns led to the organization of MURA. Dr. C. V. Ross (Animal Science) and Dr. Bob Daniels (Psychology) were recognized by MURA as co¬founders.

A new “Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the MU Retirees Association, formerly known as University of Missouri-Columbia Retirees Association (as amended through March 2012)” was filed with the Secretary of State of Missouri on April 12, 2012. This document states the name, purpose, membership, and objectives of MURA and clarifies its non-profit status.

The purpose of the Association is to represent, promote, and protect the interests of the retirees and to promote the welfare of the University of Missouri. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and education purposes within the meaning of Section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The objectives of the Association are:

  1. To promote and protect the legitimate welfare, rights, and entitlements of retirees including, but not limited to, retirement and health benefits.
  2. To serve as a channel of communication between retirees and the University and with other appropriate groups and individuals.
  3. To provide educational and social activities for retirees.
  4. To encourage members to continue with their active participation in, and involvement with, the University family.

The officers of the Association are President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board of Directors consists of the officers, the immediate past-president, the chairs of standing committees, and six members at large (three of whom are staff and three faculty). Ex-officio members of the Board are the historian and the director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

At the present time, MURA officers meet a minimum of two times a year with the MU Chancellor and also hold at least two meetings with the UM System President, the officers of each of the other three campus retiree organizations, and usually two of the Vice-Presidents.

MURA personnel prepare three newsletters per year and sponsor four general meetings: a business meeting with a speaker, a May picnic, a fall informational and business meeting, and a holiday party in December. The program committee is responsible for organizing general, educational, and social meetings. In 2011 the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute became a MURA partner.

Retiring staff and faculty are encouraged to join MURA, express their opinions, and participate in the Association’s activities. MU retirees and pre-retirees 55 years old and older can join by completing the membership application. Qualified staff and faculty, active or retired, are encouraged to become lifetime members.