BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, February 6, 2009 – 11:35 am –12:03 pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Chairman Mr. James A. Brown
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. (call in)
Mrs. Laura S. Crowther
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore (call in)
Ms. Melissa J. Emery
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt (call in)
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Ms. G. Kathryn Andrews, Director of Publications and Marketing
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News
Mr. D. Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs
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. Todd Davis, SGA President
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 for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Travis W. Knowles, Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate Programs
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students
Mrs. Kim O. Turbeville, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
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 that a quorum was present.
Mr. McIntyre presented the minutes of the November 7, 2008 Board Meeting to the Board for approval with a correction. He asked that Mr. Tim Norwood’s and Dr. Kevin O’Kelly’s names be added to the list of those present as they did attend the November Board Meeting. With this correction, Mrs. Gail Richardson made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Ken Jackson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Ms. Lisa Emery reported that the committee heard a report from Dr. Charlene Wages indicating that the SACS Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the University’s accreditation. The committee also heard a report from Associate Provost Ken Kitts that there was a 2-3% increase in Spring 2009 enrollment compared to Spring 2008. In addition, the Admissions Office reports that the prospects for new freshmen enrollment in Fall 2009 are encouraging. Currently, there is a 26% increase in requests for information, a 36% increase in first time visitors to campus, and an 18% increase in acceptances. There is also a change in the freshman academic scholarship process. All candidates will now be required to visit campus for interviews prior to receiving scholarships, which will allow them to meet with faculty and staff and see the beauty of the FMU campus. Lastly, the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee was introduced to Dr. Susan Peters, the new Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Laura Crowther reported that the committee received a report from Mr. Jay Dowd, who informed the committee that the Campaign for Excellence has concluded. A DVD and a magazine are being produced to recognize the donors of this campaign, which should be distributed next month. A scholarship reception was held on November 13, 2008. There were over 150 donors and students in attendance. Francis Marion will welcome three new McNair Scholars for the 2009-10 school year. The McNair Scholarship is funded by the Psaras Foundation and is administered through the McNair Center. Plans are also underway for an annual golf tournament on March 13, 2009. Currently 17 teams have been formed. The Foundation is seeking a total of 30 teams. An athletic auction will be held prior to this tournament on the evening or March 12, 2009 at the Cottage. An off campus workshop has been scheduled for early March with the alumni of the Non-Profit Leadership Institute and the participants of the Rural Area Leadership Initiative.
The committee also received an alumni report from Mrs. Libby Cooper. The Alumni Association was active in commencement. Mr. Paul Seward, president elect of the Alumni Association welcomed graduates to commencement rehearsal. In addition, they held a reception for the graduates at the Cottage directly following the commencement ceremonies. There have been two Patriot Power Lunches, one at Irix Pharmaceuticals and another at First Reliance Bank. The Alumni Board Planning Retreat was held on January 10, 2009. The Alumni Membership Dinner was held last night, during which two awards were given. The Young Alumnus of the Year Award was given to Andrew Ross, a 2001graduate. The Outstanding Alumnus Award was given to James Harrell, a 1985 graduate.
Homecoming events begin next week with special events planned for the School of Education and the School of Business. There are Friday night events for all alumni as well as Patriot Fest on Saturday.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. McIntyre reported that the executive committee met and received a letter of recommendation from President Fred Carter regarding the naming of facilities. Last Fall a faculty and staff committee was appointed consisting of Mr. Keith Best, Dr. Charlene Wages, Dr. Ken Autrey, Mrs. Myra Hall, Mrs. Libby Cooper and Rev. Marvin Lynch, who were asked to present name recommendations for the Forest Villas Complex. This was done for the purposes of honoring long -time faculty and staff of FMU. The following persons’ names were recommended:
Dr. Bucky Allen
Dr. Marian Cusac-Green
Dr. Neal Thigpen
Mrs. Alice Beaty
Mrs. Dot King
Dr. Joseph Heyward
Biographical sketches of each of these persons are attached to the copy of the letter, which each Board Member received. Also being recommended is that the Performing Arts Center sculpture garden be named in recognition of Mrs. Beverly Hazelwood and Mrs. Starr Ward in recognition of the generous gift given by Mrs. Adele Kassab. The committee also recommends that the amphitheatre be named in honor of BB&T in appreciation of their corporate gift of $325,000 for the construction of this facility. These naming opportunities are recommended at this meeting. The Board will vote on these recommendations at the June Board Meeting.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mrs. Richardson asked the Board Members to turn to the Budget Summary at the second tab in their notebooks. She asked the Board to note that the state funding for Francis Marion University is down to 33 %. At the last Board Meeting, the Board was informed that state budget cuts would be accommodated by not filling vacant positions, decreasing the operating budgets of the University, and cutting back on outreach programs. On a positive note, Spring revenues increased. At the present time no debt is being extended for new projects.
The Performing Arts Center groundbreaking was held on January 30, 2009 and construction has begun. A completion date of fall 2010 is expected.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Dr. Randall Dozier reported that the committee first received a report from Mr. Murray Hartzler, who informed them that in spite of the economic difficulties the Swampfox fundraising campaign is ahead of schedule. The GPA average of all FMU athletes is 2.812 compared with the overall average of all FMU students, which is 2.408. The women’s FMU basketball team is off to an excellent start at 18 and 1. They are ranked number 17 this week in the top 25 poll and have a Peach Belt Conference record of 11 and 1. Four FMU sports teams over the 2008 sports season were nationally ranked: softball #5, men’s tennis #5, women’s tennis #8 and baseball #33. Lastly, 129 student athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been named to the Swampfox Honor Roll.
SGA has been very busy with the election night gathering and the Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Leadership Francis Marion University’s second class has 18 participants.
Dr. Carter began by complimenting the Board on allowing the University to send forward names of faculty and staff to be honored. He then thanked the Board for entertaining the idea of naming the sculpture garden after Beverly Hazelwood and Starr Ward. The idea for a performing arts center began with the efforts of these ladies. He then asked Sen. Hugh Leatherman to brief the Board on the current state of the budget of South Carolina.
Sen. Leatherman informed the Board that The Board of Economic Advisors meets next week and will analyze numbers which came in last night. At this point the results of December sales are not known for certain. Economists are currently estimating that there will be at least two years before there is a turnaround in the economy.
Dr. Carter thanked Sen. Leatherman for his service to the state during these difficult times. The last budget cut, a 7% cut, that the University faced was just before Christmas. A plan for these cuts was developed and the Board was informed of this plan prior to the Christmas break. The Deans and Chairs were briefed as the University returned from break. The faculty was then briefed when they returned. With these cuts, which brings the total to approximately 22% this year, the University focused first on preserving instructional programs, second on preserving the positions of faculty and staff, and third on preserving the quality of student activities and student life. Even with these cuts, the moral across the campus is positive with people willing to work together to get through these difficult times.
Last Fall, the Board was briefed on the creation of the Pee Dee Health Education Consortium for which approval was obtained from the Commission on Higher Education. This is the collaborative agreement between Carolinas Hospital, McLeod Health, The University of South Carolina and Francis Marion University to begin developing programs as a four entity consortium focusing on the health areas. A set of bylaws have been developed and the articles of incorporation are being drafted. The CEO’s of the institutions were joined by Dr. Eddie Floyd for a very productive luncheon last Wednesday to develop a planning scenario for the next two to three years. There will be two initiatives presented over the next year, one for a nurse practitioners program and one for a physician’s assistant program.
A nominating committee was appointed last August consisting of the three past chairs, Mr. Robert Lee, Mr. Ken Jackson and Mrs. Richardson, for the purpose of bringing nominations for the Board’s considerations for officers for the next two years. The following nominations were reported back:
Chairman: Mr. William W. Coleman
Vice-Chairman: Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Secretary: Mrs. Carolyn B. Shortt
Mr. McIntyre then commented that the groundbreaking of the Performing Arts Center on Friday was a joyous day. This center will be a benefit not only to the University but to the entire Pee Dee Region. He thanked the Performing Arts Center Governing Board, the University, the Bruce and Lee Foundation, and Sen. Leatherman. In addition the Center for Entrepreneurship was recently opened, which will be vital to small businesses in our community. Lastly he informed the Board that the June Board Meeting is rescheduled for June 19, 2009 to give the general assembly more time to complete the budget.
Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Jimmy Brown seconded the motion. The Board adjourned the meeting at 12:03 pm.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt