Kentucky State University held its 2013 Employee and Retiree Service Recognition Program and Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Exum Center.

The program recognized more than 75 employees with a total of 1,066 years of service. More than 20 retirees were also honored with over 557 years of service.

The honorees were faculty and staff members who have reached milestones of service in increments of five years through retirement. Thursday’s awards honored 28 employees with five years of service, 15 employees with 10 years of service, 11 employees with 15 years of service, seven employees with 20 years of service, 13 employees with 25 years of service, one employee with 30 years of service and two employees with 35 years of service.

“It is the faculty and staff who make the difference in the life of any university,” KSU President Mary Evans Sias said. “You are the heart and the soul of everything we do to provide for the next generation of leaders for this nation. Kentucky State has been built and has grown every year thanks to your dedicated service to the university.”

The honorees were each presented with a gift from their respective dean or vice president.