BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, November 5, 2010 – 11:30am –12:00pm
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Chairman Mr. James A. Brown
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Ms. Melissa Emery
Mr. Edward Ervin
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. Eddie Gunn
Mrs. Patricia Hartung
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Dr. Kevin O’Kelly
Mr. W. C. Stanton
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, Reporter for Florence Morning News
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
Dr. James R. Faulkenberry, Dean of Education and Professor of Education
Dr. Rebecca H. Flannagan, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Secretary of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts
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
Mr. Harry Logan, News Coordinator
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Ms. Shayla Williams, Francis Marion University Student Government President
Mrs. Perry Wilson, Director of Admissions
Mr. William Coleman called the meeting to order at 11:30 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 August 6, 2010 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Robert Lee made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. George McIntyre. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. Jay Dowd then introduced Mr. Mike McShane, Chair of the SC Department of Natural Resources and Captain William Poole of the Department of Natural Resources. Mr. McShane and Mr. Poole presented a Wood Duck Statue and Wood Duck Box with the FMU seal to demonstrate their appreciation to FMU for the Universities’ partnership.
Mr. McShane stated that his tenure at the Department of Natural Resources will soon come to an end and he would like to see the relationship between DNR and FMU continue. Mr. McShane noted that on Election Day there was an amendment to have the constitutional right to hunt and fish and he was pleased to see that this amendment passed. He stated that the Moore School of Business recently did a study of how the DNR impacts the local economy. The results of the study revealed that it has 30 billion dollar a year impact on SC and that one out of every eight jobs is touched by Natural Resources.
Dr. Carter stated that he was pleased to have DNR on campus and he thanked them for their gift.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Dr. Kevin O’Kelly reported that the University was awarded a Biomedical Research Grant by NIH for 1.3 million dollars. The grant is for cancer research to study the p53 tumor suppression gene and for epilepsy research. Then Dr. O’Kelly reviewed the Faculty Governance report. He stated that faculty members are engaged in updating the catalog and have approved a new ROTC minor. For the Fall 2010 semester, total FTE has increased, and SAT scores have improved by about 10 points. Then Dr. O’Kelly introduced Mrs. Perry Wilson, the new Director of Admissions, and welcomed her to Francis Marion University.
Lastly, Dr. O’Kelly announced that the Nursing department would come up for re-accreditation this spring.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Brad Boles reported that the Foundation Board received a financial report at their October 27th meeting. As of June 30, 2010, the Foundation’s total liabilities and net assets were $23,174,600 as compared to $18,016,304 on June 30, 2009.
Mr. Boles noted that the FMU Foundation has moved its fiscal year from the current July 1 – June 30 schedule to a calendar year.
Then Mr. Boles announced many upcoming events. On January 13, 2011, The Francis Marion Society will receive a tour of the Performing Arts Center followed by a social at Victor’s hosted by Mr. Tim Norwood. The Scholarship Reception will be held on February 3, 2011, as an opportunity to bring together scholarship donors with their student recipients. On the evening of March 3, 2011, the Foundation and Athletics will hold their annual auction. On March 11, 2011, the FMU Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of South Carolina.
Mr. Boles stated that the Non-Profit Leadership Institute began its ninth year in September welcoming another capacity class with 31 members representing nonprofit organizations from across the state. For the first time, they have representatives from Orangeburg and Colleton Counties and now 35 of the 46 counties have been reached. The NPLI annual alumni workshop is scheduled for March 25, 2011.
Next, Mr. Boles gave the Alumni report. On September 22, 2010, the Alumni Association board of directors met in The Cottage for their annual planning retreat. On October 1-3, 2010, forty alumni baseball players joined the baseball staff for a weekend of golf and fellowship. The Biology Department held its annual alumni reception on October 19, 2010 at The Cottage. The Honorable Jay Vinson ’81 received the John S. Boyce Award and Ruth Taylor ’89, ’93 received the Lawrence Swails Award. The ADP Patriot Power Luncheon was held on October 20, 2010 for employees who were graduates of FMU. Twenty–five alumni were in attendance. The department of Psychology will host its annual Psychology Alumni Reception on November 16, 2010 at The Cottage and the award recipient is Viola “Vi” Hendley, ’80,’84. The Alumni Association Board’s Past President council will meet on November 18, 2010 to discuss nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award.
On October 5, 2010, the Student Alumni Association conducted its first induction ceremony in Lowrimore Auditorium. Sixty- three inductees participated. The Student Alumni officers for 2010-2011 are: John Ansah, President; Jeff Hill, Vice-President; Jasmine Bennett, Secretary; Bridgette Florence, Treasurer. The SAA has 63 dues paying members for 2010-2011.
The Alumni Association annual membership dinner will be held on February 10, 2011 in the Ervin Dining Hall. Homecoming will be February 21-26, 2011.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Coleman reported that the executive committee met but no action was taken.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Dr. Randy Dozier reported that since 2006-07 the total grants and scholarships have grown from 11 million to 18 million. Then he gave a facilities update. The Performing Arts Center should be completed by February 27, 2011. The building is now completely enclosed with a few temporary doors leading to the exterior. The interior painting is underway throughout and the curbs and gutters along Cheves and Dargan Streets are 80% complete. The amphitheatre stage area has been poured and the excavation of the bowl is nearly completed. The main theater ceiling installation is near completion and the walls of the theatre have been painted. All construction trailers have been removed and the Architects will be in town November 10th and 11th.
Then Dr. Dozer gave an update on the athletics complex. Review of the design documents have been completed by the Office of the State Engineer, and FMU will advertise for a general contractor on Monday, November 8, 2010 in the South Carolina Business Opportunities. The substantial completion date is estimated to be December 19, 2011.
Dr. Dozier reported that there will be a dining hall renovation which will be a 1.5 million dollar project. The final project approval by the Joint Bond Review Committee and Budget and Control Board will be given on December 2 and 14 respectively.
Dr. Dozier stated that there has been a feasibility study completed for the construction of the new office services building. The estimated cost is $650,000 and we are currently awaiting project approval by the Joint Bond Review Committee and the Budget and Control Board.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre reported that FMU was successful in getting a $2,000 grant from the NCAA to conduct Champs Life Skills seminars for student athletes. These seminars offer leadership and sportsmanship training in public safety, avoiding plagiarism, alcohol abuse counseling, resume building, and nutrition. On November 9, 2010 the Tip off Bash will be held for the 2010-2011 basketball season featuring the new ladies coach, Ms. Kate Glusko and returning head men’s coach, Mr. Gary Edwards. On November 16, 2010 the Riot at the Rim will kick off the Basketball games.
Mr. McIntyre reported that there were 137 students at the Career Fair this year. The Leadership FMU has its largest class ever with 46 students. The Student Government Association leaders will be participating in an Honor Code Workshop on November 11, 2010. The Multi Cultural Advisory Board has been very active. They have a Hispanic Heritage Month program featuring Pulitzer Prize Winning photographer, Mr. Jose Galvez. The University Programming Board had Salsa Magic for Hispanic heritage month and also Fall Fest. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be on January 13, 2011 in Chapman Auditorium.
Dr. Fred Carter thanked Ms. Tracy Bridges of The Morning News for covering FMU and he welcomed her to the Board meeting.
Dr. Carter stated that FMU is now moving into life after 40. Life after 40 at FMU entails consistently reexamining priorities within the institution. He referred to Dr. Randy Dozier’s facilities update and how there are projects underway to improve the University cosmetically. He then spoke about the upcoming construction and renovation projects, to include the athletics complex, the Performing Arts Center, the office services building, Ervin Dining Hall and the gymnasium.
Finally, Dr. Carter discussed Governor Sanford’s Higher Education Summit. Quality, accessibility and cost will continue to be an important part of what higher education needs to bring to South Carolina. Francis Marion University exemplifies quality of instruction, accessibility for South Carolinians and affordability. Then Dr. Carter asked Mr. Darryl Bridges to show the new commercial featuring Governor David Beasley and Governor Jim Hodges. After that Mr. Bridges showed another commercial that featured Blackwell Honor Graduate, Ms. Emily Brandenburg. Dr. Carter informed the Board that a new commercial is being filmed that takes a look back to the beginning of this University. Forty years ago our founders created this University with a promise the people of South Carolina; that FMU would provide a quality education for all South Carolinians at an affordable cost. Over those years more than 18,000 men and women have gone on to successful careers from this University in the Arts, Sciences, Medicine and Law. Throughout that period we have remembered our commitment to the people of South Carolina. We have honored that commitment and kept our word.
Mr. W. Coleman appointed a Nominating Committee that will present their nominations in March for the election of Officers in June. He appointed Mr. George McIntyre to Chair the committee and Mr. Brad Boles and Mrs. Gail Richardson to serve.
Dr. Carter invited the Board Members and Senior Staff to lunch at The Cottage with the Pee Dee Fiction Festival Authors.
Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:00 pm.
William W. Coleman