BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, November 9, 2007 – 11:35 am –12:25pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre Mrs. Teresa C. Anderson
Chairman Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mrs. Melissa J. Emery
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt (call in)
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Dr. Kenneth M. Autrey, Chair of the Faculty
Ms. Kathryn G. Andrews, Director of Publications and Marketing
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Julie J. Bush, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mrs. Rachel R. Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost
Mr. Michael G. McShane, Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board
Mr. Robert E. Merritt, University Attorney
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students
Mr. Everett Robinson, SGA President
Mrs. Kim O. Turbeville, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. Julian M. Young, Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator
Mr. George McIntyre called the meeting to order at 11:35 am. He then asked Mrs. Rachel Hamaie to call the roll. Mr. McIntyre then noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and a quorum was present.
Mr. McIntyre then recognized Mr. Mike McShane, who presented gifts to Dr. Fred Carter in appreciation of the partnership developed between Francis Marion University and the Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Carter thanked Mr. McShane and expressed excitement at having the DNR as new neighbors.
Mr. McIntyre presented the minutes of the August 3, 2007 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mrs. Gail Richardson made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Teresa Anderson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Ms. Lisa Emery began by notifying the Board that Keith Best, the Faculty Governance Vice-Chair, who gave the Faculty Governance Report this morning will likely be the next Faculty Chairman if Dr. Ken Autrey steps down next year. Next, the SACS Compliance Report has been completed and submitted. However, there may be additional regulations with which the University must comply that will be announced in December. There will be an onsite SACS review in March of 2008.
In addition, the committee heard a report on University Enrollment. Spring of 2007 was the last semester that the University was allowed to admit students using provisional standards via the CAP program. Thus there were no provisionally admitted students in the freshman class admitted in August 2007. Even with the loss of CAP students, the number of full time undergraduate students has increased from Fall of 2006 to Fall of 2007.
Admissions Office recruitment activities are well underway. To date, over 700 perspective students have applied for admission. The Guidance Counselor Breakfasts continue to be successful. A new site for this breakfast has been added in Spartanburg. Breakfasts in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Florence, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill continue to be successful recruitment functions. An additional program, which should stimulate additional applications, is the new on-campus ROTC program. Army ROTC will be returning to campus in the Spring of 2008. An officer with faculty status will be on campus for this program.
December 2007 will mark the first time the ticketing system for graduates will be implemented for Commencement Exercises. A minimum of 6 tickets will be given to each graduate. In addition, the Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on Chanel 11. As usual the Commencement Exercises will be shown on screen in the commons area of the Smith University Center.
Ms. Emery then presented the first resolution passed by the Academic Affairs and Accreditation committee, 06-07 Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Degree Program. Francis Marion University will be the first state university to offer this major which will focus on the business side of the music industry instead of music performance or music education. There are currently 6 students minoring in Music who will convert to this new program. In addition, there is a lot of interest from entering students. Ms. Emery then presented the resolution to the Board for approval. Mrs. Richardson seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Ms. Emery then presented the second resolution passed by the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee, 07-07 Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Quality Enhancement Plan. She then asked Dr. Richard Chapman to provide an explanation of this resolution to the Board.
Dr. Chapman provided background information on the Quality Enhancement Plan. The SACS reaccreditation process has two parts: the Compliance Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan, a plan adopted by the University to enhance student learning. The University’s QEP offers non-traditional learning opportunities to students. The plan was recently and unanimously approved by the Faculty on October 16, 2007. Students also had an opportunity to be appraised of this plan through a Student Government Association Meeting and through a Student Advisory Committee Meeting. If approved by the Board, this plan will be presented to SACS in January of 2008. This plan will be the principal focus of the SACS representatives when they visit in March of 2008. Ms. Emery then presented the resolution to the Board for approval. The motion was seconded by Mr. Frank Elmore. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Frank Elmore began by summarizing a report which was presented to the Development and Alumni Committee by Mr. Jay Dowd. As of June 30, 2007 the total liability assets of the Foundation Board are $16,859,787. A scholarship reception was held on November 6, 2007 for scholarship donors and scholarship recipients. Approximately 160 persons were in attendance.
For the Campaign for Excellence, to date in pledges, in kind contributions and assets the Education Foundation has received $37,690,000. The Rural Area Leadership Institute held its first meeting on October 25, 2007 in Marlboro County with 20 participants, which was very successful. The next meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2007 in Williamsburg County. The Foundation along with NESA, NPLI, The Pee Dee Land Trust, The Francis Marion Trail Commission and the Rural Area Leadership Institute will move into the old McLeod Health Facility on November 20, 2007. The Universities Health and Testing Services will continue to be housed there.
Mr. Elmore then summarized a report given to the Committee by Mrs. Kim Turbeville, a 1995 graduate and the new Director of Alumni Affairs. The Alumni office partnered with the Admissions Counselor Breakfasts mentioned by Ms. Emery in the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee report. Also, there have been alumni events for biology and psychology graduates, which have been successful and will continue to occur. The baseball alumni held an event on October 6-7, 2007 during which the alumni played the current baseball team. The Alumni Association named its Distinguished Alumni of the Year for 2008, a 1980 Political Science Graduate, Mr. Ted Mannes, who will be honored at an alumni membership dinner on January 31, 2007. He has been very active in US politics in Washington. He has served in the US Chamber of Commerce and served with Sen. Jon Kyl and Rep. George Radanovich of California. Homecoming week will occur at the end of February with Homecoming Day on March 1, 2008.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. McIntyre reported that no official action was taken during the Executive Committee Meeting. However, Dr. Carter did present the committee with a letter regarding a naming opportunity. The Sparrow family has donated a generous gift to the University. This gift will partially fund the construction of the baseball stadium and fund three endowed chairs. In accordance with the Board Naming Policy, the Committee puts forth a suggestion to name the baseball stadium after Mr. John Sparrow’s parents, Henry Booker Sparrow and Nellie Cooke Sparrow. Official action will be taken on this matter at the February 1, 2008 Board Meeting.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Hal Campbell asked the Board to turn to the Budget Summary in their Board Notebooks. He noted that the State Appropriations increased by 3 million dollars. Mr. Campbell asked Mr. Jay Kispert to explain this increase. Mr. Kispert explained that the increase is in large part due to the funds received for line items. In addition, Mr. Campbell asked the Board to notice that PEL grant funding has increased $640,000 this year. Also, Life Scholarship Grants have increased $750,000. From 2003-2007 the overall budget has increased 41%.
Next, Mr. Campbell provided an update on University Facilities. Recently the Chapman Auditorium renovation was completed with a state of the art sound system. Also, the Founders Hall carpet which dated to the 1970’s was replaced. The indoor pool renovation continues. The land for the Center for the Child has been cleared. The old McLeod building has been purchased and will be occupied by the non-profit groups mentioned earlier soon. Lastly, a land usage plan is being developed for the land across 327.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Robert Lee began by updating the Board on the progress towards NCAA Division I. The NCAA has developed a moratorium until 2010 preventing schools such as Francis Marion University to move forward into Division I. However, Mr. Hartzler and Mr. Merritt are working on an exception for our school. If unsuccessful, this moratorium could impede our progress.
Mr. Lee then presented an update on the plan for campus safety. Dr. Carter asked Mr. Bridges, Mr. Kispert and others to work on a plan for a comprehensive safety plan. Some elements of this plan were discussed in detail at the last Board Meeting in August of 2007. This plan will be fully implemented in December. In addition, our campus security has stepped up its screening process to prevent non-student visitors to this campus from creating or causing mischief.
Dr. Carter began by describing several recently completed and successful events on the Francis Marion University Campus. The United Nations Symposium, which occurred from October 24, 2007 to October 26, 2007, was a marvelous series of events which focused on the role of the United Nations in today’s society. The headliners of these events were former ambassadors Mr. John Bolton and Mr. Andrew Young. In addition, there was a potpourri of other ambassadors who participated in these events. On the last day of these events, a variety of academicians held forums to discuss issues related to the UN from its peacekeeping roles to its human rights roles. It was an extraordinarily fine event directed and organized by Dr. Scott Kaufman and Dr. Alissa Warters. In addition, it was funded entirely by the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation.
Last week, the University was privileged to play host to the Commission on Higher Education. Many members of the CHE had never visited the Francis Marion University Campus before. They were able to walk away with a different view of what a University such as FMU offers this region and this state.
This week the University is privileged to celebrate the Pee Dee Fiction Festival, an annual event which is sponsored by the English Department. This year the University is honored to have the authors Dr. Tobias Wolff, Ms. Naomi Shihab Nye, Mr. Terrance Hayes, and Ms. Sharyn McCrumb. Immediately following this Board Meeting, all are invited to join these authors for lunch in The Cottage. Dr. Carter then asked Dr. Ken Autrey to remind the Board of the events to follow the luncheon. Dr. Autrey informed the Board of the following events:
1:30 Session on Literary Non-Fiction with Naomi Nye and Terrance Hayes
2:45 Appalachian music
3:15 Reading and discussion with Sheron McCrumb
6:00 Reading and Book signing by Naomi Shihab Nye
Dr. Carter then outlined the construction progress for the Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is a 25 million dollar project. Ten million of these dollars are a gift from the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation. Twelve million are appropriations from the State of South Carolina. Three million are donations from the City of Florence. The first outdoor rendering is now available depicting the façade of the building, which will be constructed in either Dakota Granite or Winnsboro granite depending on the cost capabilities of the project. The center of the façade will be constructed of glazed glass with onyx columns with a terrace overlooking the entrance. The entire project will be approximately 65,000 feet which will accommodate the main theatre, a small experimental space, classrooms and offices as well as rehearsal rooms. In addition to the main building there will be two adjacent features, a contemplative garden space with a fountain and an amphitheatre which will seat 300. These adjacent features are not included in the project cost. They will be funded privately.
The Center for the Child is well underway. This facility will be a wonderful opportunity for teachers of early childhood education in the 19 districts this center will affect.
Dr. Carter then thanked the Board for extending his contract until 2017. He stated that neither he nor Folly can envision a happier place to live and work.
Dr. Carter reflected that he also had sad news to report as two of the Universities members are leaving. The first he recognized was Ms. Julie Bush who is retiring. Mr. McIntyre then presented and read aloud a proclamation for Ms. Bush. Dr. Carter then recognized Mr. Daniel Dukes, who served as the legislative liaison for Francis Marion University for the past 3 years. Mr. McIntyre then presented and read aloud a proclamation for Mr. Dukes.
Dr. Carter then informed the Board that a successor for the University’s legislative liaison has been chosen. Mr. Jim McGee will begin this position from December 1, 2007. Mr. McGee was very successful as a member of the House of Representatives. He has also been very successful of the University in the past. Dr. Carter stated that he and Mr. Dukes both believe that Mr. McGee will be as successful as Mr. Dukes has been for the University.
Mr. McIntyre informed the Board that the contract extension for Dr. Carter that was enacted by the Board in the August meeting was completed on August 3, 2007. This contract will extend until August 3, 2017. Mr. McIntyre then thanked Dr. Carter for his service and dedication to the University up to this point.
Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board of the Commencement ceremonies on December 15, 2007. Governor Jim Hodges will receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address. In addition, Mr. Emerson Gower will receive an honorary degree.
Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board of the luncheon at The Cottage. Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mrs. Richardson seconded the motion. The Board adjourned the meeting at 12:25 pm.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt