Floyd retires from IST after 43 years of service to the University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For Sue Floyd, who recently retired after five years as assistant financial officer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Friday, June 28, 2013, marked the end of a 43-year career at the University.

A native of Jacksonville, Pa., she started her career at Penn State two weeks after graduating from Bellefonte Area High School in 1970 in a clerical position at the College of Agriculture.

“It was a good place for a future, basically,” said Floyd, who has never worked anywhere else besides Penn State. “It was a little bit of a new adventure for me.”

Floyd, who worked at the College of Agriculture for two years and for Distance Education for four years, spent the majority of her career as the assistant FO at the College of Education. During her tenure at Penn State, she said, she witnessed some monumental changes in the operations and general atmosphere of the University.

“The technology definitely has advanced so much since I started way back when,” she said.

Having grown up in a small town, Floyd said, she has appreciated the opportunity that Penn State has provided to “meet all types of people” from various cultures and backgrounds.

Floyd, who lives in Zion, Pa. with her husband, Don, said she is a little apprehensive about retirement but has plenty of activities to keep her busy. She has recently gotten into buying and selling antiques, and she also enjoys traveling and horseback riding. She has a daughter, Lindsay, who graduated from the College of Health and Human Development in 2005, and a stepson, Jason, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has two granddaughters and plans to spend more time being involved in their activities.

What will Floyd miss the most about working for the College of IST?

“Mainly the people and the day-to-day contact,” she said.

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Last Updated July 05, 2013