BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, June 18, 2010 – 11:35 am –12:05 pm
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Chairman Mr. James A. Brown
Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Ms. Melissa Johnson Emery
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. Eddie Gunn
Mrs. Patricia Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt
Mr. D. Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Ms. Tracy Bridges, Morning News Reporter
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator
Mrs. Kimberly G. Davis, Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Aaron Gotter, Patriot News Reporter
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Secretary of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts
Dr. John R. Hester, Psychology Chair and Director of the Center for the Child
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mrs. D. Ashley Jacobs, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President of Student Affairs
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. William Coleman called the meeting to order at 11:35 am. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Mr. Coleman 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. Coleman presented the minutes of the February 5, 2010 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Hal Campbell made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Dr. Kevin O’Kelly. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. Coleman then welcomed the two new board members; Mr. Eddie Gunn and Mr. Tracy Freeman.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Dr. Kevin O’Kelly began by presenting Resolution 02-10, Resolution for Approving a Change to the Mission Statement for Francis Marion University. This resolution includes the Specialist degree to satisfy the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requirements for accreditation as well as the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Commission. Dr. O’Kelly then made a motion to have this Resolution approved. The motion was seconded by Dr. Dozier. Resolution 02-10 received unanimous approval by the board.
Dr. O’Kelly then reported that the Biology Department faculty was grateful to receive stimulus money that they used to update and purchase new equipment. Next, he commended the School of Education’s Center of Excellence for continuing to do excellent work for the University.
The committee received reports from Dr. Ken Kitts and Mr. Darryl Bridges about the National Survey of Student Engagement data. The NSSE is a survey of freshmen and seniors which uses comparative data nationally to discuss 5 areas used for SACS accreditation. The results revealed that FMU out performed its Carnegie class in the United States and benchmarks were up over the last 3 years.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Tim Norwood reported that the Non-Profit Leadership Institute completed its eighth year of operation in April, 2010. There were 30 graduates, 17 from the Pee Dee and 13 from outside of the Pee Dee area.
Mr. Norwood then presented updates on the RALI outreach program. He began by reporting that FMU continues the Rural Leadership Area Initiative outreach program in four counties; Marlboro, Marion, Williamsburg and Dillon. In Marlboro County, FMU continues to make advances in city and county governments as well as exploring the possibility of consolidating adult and youth recreation services. Marion County assisted in forming an advisory board to work with the leadership of the Pee Dee Area Boys Club to raise the necessary funds to get a club site started. Williamsburg County celebrated the successful opening of the Chavis One Stop Center in Hemmingway on May 17, 2010 with Dr. Carter and other dignitaries participating in the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Dillon County is making great strides in opening a free medical clinic in the city of Dillon. They have been very successful in forming a free clinic board and securing funds for a facility and renovations. They will soon announce a very nice gift from the South Carolina Base Corporate Foundation.
Mr. Norwood recognized the FMU Foundation Board members that rotated off of the Board after 9 years of service. They were Frank Avent, Emerson Gower, Hood Temple and Frank Willis. The new members of the FMU Foundation Board beginning July 1, 2010 were also recognized. They are Buddy Brand, Mark Buyck, Jr., Sarah Caggiano, Frank Elmore and Jane Huggins. The Foundation Executive Committee remained unchanged with the following Officers:
Reamer B. King, Chairman;
Floyd L. Keels, Vice Chairman;
T. Hal Campbell, Secretary; and
F. “Schipp” Johnston, Treasurer.
The FMU Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament was held on March 12, 2010 and successfully raised $20,000 dollars. The Golf Tournament was sponsored by BB&T, Pinnicle Network Solutions - Brent Tiller, Johnson Controls – Sarah Coggiano, Pee Dee Electric Cooperation – Toy Nettles, King Cadillac-Reamer King, Crown Beverage Inc.- Schipp Johnston, Pepsi-Cola – Frank Avent and The Yahnis Company – Byron Yahanis.
Mr. Norwood then gave the Alumni Affairs report. He began with the Alumni Association Board meeting, cookout and baseball game that took place on April 20, 2010 at the FMU Baseball field. Board members and their families met for the meeting followed by a cookout and baseball game. The new officers for the Student Alumni Association 2010 were elected on April 7, 2010 and are:
John O. Ansah, President (Senior);
Jeff Hill, Jr., Vice President (Senior);
Jasmine Silea Bennett, Secretary (Junior); and
Vance “Buster” Charles, Treasurer (Junior).
The Soccer Alumni weekend was on April 16-17, 2010 and was organized by Men’s Soccer Head Coach, Kevin Varnado and alumnus, Kenny Eisiminger. There were approximately 60 players that participated. The Alumni Association sponsored the Student Alumni Association year-end cookout and volleyball game on April 25, 2010. It was held at the Grille from 4:00-7:00 with approximately 25 attendees. The New Graduates’ Reception was on May 8, 2010 at The Cottage. It was well attended with roughly 150 graduates, their families, faculty and staff.
The Alumni Association Board Meeting was on June 14, 2010 at 6:00 where the following alumni officers and new members were elected:
Paul Seward – President, 1994 (BB&T);
James Harrell- Vice President, 1985 (Sonoco Products Company); and
LaTasha Brand – Secretary, 2002 (Francis Marion University).
Alumni Association Board Members:
Mr. Eric Belk – 1999 (Match Factors, VP);
Mr. Kevin Gause – 2000 (First Bank, VP);
Dr. Toney Graham – 1999 (Graham Clinic, Physician);
Ms. Shana Lee – 2007 (Nursing);
Dr. Tracy Meetze – 1999 (FMU School of Education); and
Mr. John Turner – 2000 (Hillard Lyons).
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Coleman reported that the executive committee met but no action was taken.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Dr. Randy Dozier began by reviewing the quarterly budget report and for 2010-2011; there will be a 20.8% reduction to the base which equals $2.8 million dollars. A fringe benefit cost increase $396,000 dollars is needed. Revenues needed for 2010-2011 are over $2.4 million dollars. The plan to make up this deficit is to increase tuition by 6.5%, which will equate to about $1.7 million dollars, and to increase enrollment by 2.5%, equating to about $700,000 dollars, which together equals $2.4 million dollars.
The undergraduate fee rate increase for 2010-2011, is still the third lowest in the state. The only two Universities that had lower fee increases than FMU were USC Aiken and USC Beaufort. He pointed out that number of Universities raised their tuition higher than 6.5%.
Dr. Dozier then presented Resolution 03-10, Resolution for Conveyance of Francis Marion University Education Foundation Property. Mr. Jimmy Brown made a motion to approve the resolution. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Patricia Hartung. It received unanimous approval by the Board.
Dr. Dozier prefaced Resolution 04-10, Resolution for University Budget Approval by stating the facts about the decline of state appropriations. In 2008-2009, state appropriations were reduced by over 4 million dollars. In 2009-2010, state appropriations were reduced by $1.3 million dollars and are scheduled to be reduced by $2.8 million dollars in 2010-2011. He emphasized that the cumulative reductions from 2008-2011 are over $8.3 million dollars in state appropriations and a 44% decline. Dr. Dozier then presented Resolution 04-10, Resolution for University Budget Approval. Mr. Lee made a motion to approve this resolution. The motion was seconded by Mr. McIntyre. Resolution 04-10 received unanimous approval by the Board.
After the resolutions were approved, Dr. Dozier gave a facilities update. He stated that the Athletics Facility plans are moving along and the tour of the Performing Arts Center is after the Board Meeting. Dr. Dozier thanked the President and Administration for handling financial affairs in such an excellent way although it is a difficult time. He commended them for having the best interest of the students and faculty and for being solvent with fiscal affairs.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Ken Jackson reported that the Student Government Association had a very successful and well attended Student Leadership Conference. Also, the FMU Career Development office has been busy helping students prepare their resumes to go into the job market. He also noted that Ms. Shayla Williams was re-elected to serve as SGA president.
Mr. Jackson was pleased to report that the athletic GPA for the spring was 2.89 and the overall student GPA was 2.47. He then highlighted the athletic teams that were very successful this year. The Men’s Basketball team finished 18-10 which was the second highest total in the past 17 years. The Women’s Basketball team finished #20 in national ranking which was a 27-5 record. They advanced to the NCAA round 32. Also, FMU hired Kate Glusko to serve as the Women’s Basketball coach. She came to FMU from Gannon University and was ranked #1 in the country for most of the year. She is the 11th head coach in the history of the FMU women’s program. Women’s tennis finished the year 13th in the country with a 17-6 record and Men’s tennis finished 15th in the country with a 12-8 record.
The Softball team made the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.
In addition, head coach, Stacey Vallee, registered her 200th career coaching win this season. The Baseball team had a good season with a 40-14 record, which was the second-highest win total in the program’s history. The Women’s Softball team had 36 victories this season which equaled their fifth-highest season win total in program history. FMU is the only school in the conference to have had women’s tennis, men’s tennis, baseball and softball to all make the NCAA Tournament. FMU had 5 All Americans and 9 Academic All Americans this year. Mr. Jackson congratulated Murray Hartzler, his staff and coaches for their very successful season.
Dr. Carter began by deferring to Senator Leatherman. He asked that the Chairman bring the Board up-to-date on the fiscal situation in the state.
Senator Leatherman reported that the state revenues appeared to have plummeted and then began inclining from July 1, 2009 through May, 2010. He stated that the revenues are up about $100 million dollars over the estimate and about $26 million dollars of that is sales tax where as $109 million dollars is income tax. Currently, corporate income tax revenues are down but he predicted that the state will have growth. With that, Senator Leatherman relinquished the floor to President Carter.
Dr. Carter acknowledged that it has been a productive year for the University. He reflected on the successes of the faculty in teaching, research and outreach. He noted that this has been the story of success for FMU for 40 years and hopefully, will be the story of Francis Marion University for the future. He gave credit to the faculty for getting by in these fiscally difficult times and expressed his pride their achievements.
He then praised the latest issue of the View magazine as a retrospective of the last 40 years of FMU. He highlighted the section in the View that is devoted to some of the achievements of students that are in the undergraduate or graduate programs now. He complimented the article that featured Blackwell graduate, Emily Brandenburg, and all that she has accomplished at the University.
Dr. Carter then made some remarks about Vice President Teresa Ramey’s accomplishments. Two years ago, she began an initiative to cultivate greater leadership skills among the students. She has realized phenomenal success with over a hundred students attending the last Leadership Conference. Dr. Carter thanked and congratulated her for these efforts.
Next, Dr. Carter discussed University revenues. In the last two years, FMU and all of the other 13 public Universities have lost roughly 44% of their state appropriations. He made a point to mention that no one has been singled out; the cuts were categorical.
Dr. Carter described his plans for FMU adapting to this tough financial environment. He began by stating that FMU will have to develop increased reliance upon tuition dollars and private funding. He then stressed the importance of cultivating private funding relationships to ensure that private dollars will be flowing in to the University.
He then reminded the Board about the PSARAS grant that Francis Marion recently received and described how PSARAS has supported FMU over the last 10 years. He began by explaining how PSARAS initially funded the NPLI, RALI, and McNair Scholars Program. In May, 2010, the PSARAS Foundation gave FMU a gift of $2.1 million dollars. Dr. Carter then explained how the $2.1 million dollars was distributed. $600,000 dollars was earmarked from PSARAS for the creation of a Rural Leadership Institute on campus. Another $600,000 was to further endow the McNair Scholars Program which they started with their initial grant of $500,000 dollars. Also, $800,000 was given to expand, develop and increase diagnostic and preventive screening efforts across the Pee Dee. He anticipates a partnership with Florence District One and Welvista to develop a screening center and perhaps a pediatric dental support center. The plans for these projects will take 3-4 months and the building process will take about two years. All of these efforts will be supported privately will add immeasurably to the services FMU currently provides. Lastly, $100,000 of the $2.1 million dollar gift was earmarked for an endowed chair in recognition of Mr. Jim Konduros, the long serving Chair of the PSARAS Foundation. Dr. Carter promised to present an update about this partnership at the August meeting.
Dr. Carter then asked the Board to recall that, 11 years ago, the FMU Foundation had fewer than $9 million dollars. He described that many of those dollars in the capital campaign were flow through dollars to renovate auditoriums, build buildings and fund scholarships. He expressed his delight that FMU now has a net endowment of $23 million dollars, and his anticipation is that FMU will get that number up to $30 million dollars over the next few years.
Dr. Carter also applauded the service of the departing board members: Mrs. Laura Crowther and Mrs. Carolyn Shortt. Then he welcomed the two new board members: Mr. Eddie Gunn and Mr. Tracy Freeman. He noted that he had been honored to work with Mr. Gunn in the past and was delighted to welcome him to the Board. He also mentioned that Mr. Freeman is an alumnus who has been very involved in activities at the University for many years.
In Dr. Carter’s closing, he expressed his delight that nine FMU athletes are Academic All Americans. He stated that, for an institution that is as small as FMU, having nine Academic All Americans is an enormous achievement. He then commended the Athletics Director, Mr. Murray Hartzler, for this accomplishment.
Mr. W. Coleman announced that all Board Members should have received the Agency Head Evaluation form and encouraged the Board Members to give their input to him. Then he thanked the faculty and staff for providing the materials and information in advance. He closed by thanking Mrs. Carolyn Shortt and Mrs. Laura Crowther for their years of service on the Board.
Dr. Carter then made two announcements. First, the Performing Arts Center tour was scheduled immediately after adjournment. The second announcement was that the Board Retreat would be held at The Cottage on August 5, 2010 at 2:30 followed by a reception and dinner at the Grille and the regular Board Meeting will be held on August 6, 2010.
Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. The Board adjourned at 12:05 pm.
William W. Coleman