BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, March 4, 2011 – 11:30am –12:05pm
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Chairman Mr. James A. Brown
Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Ms. Melissa Emery
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood, Sr.
Dr. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
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, School 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
Mr. Arthur H. Inabinet, Men’s Baseball Coach
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
Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Donald G. Sandifer, Student Athlete
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Ms. Shayla Williams, Francis Marion University Student Government President
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 November 5, 2010 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Eddie Gunn made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gail Richardson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Gail Richardson announced that the Department of Nursing had a site visit by an accreditation team on March 1-3, 2011. As a result of that visit, the nursing program has been recommended for reaccreditation. The School of Business has received reaccreditation for five years from AACSB-International. Mrs. Richardson also announced that Mr. Keith Best was re-elected as Faculty Chair, and that Spring 2011 FTE enrollment increased 3.4% as compared to Spring 2010. Lastly, the orientation sessions for new students during Summer 2011 will include a mandatory overnight for new freshmen.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Hal Campbell reported that the annual Scholarship reception was held on March 3, 2011,at which there were a combination of donors, students, faculty and staff totaling more than 200 people in attendance. On January 27, 2011, Dr. Carter hosted the Francis Marion Society for a tour of the Performing Arts Center followed by a reception at Victor’s hosted by Trustee Tim Norwood.
The annual auction is scheduled for March 10, 2011 at 6:30. Auction items will include: Vacation homes (donated by Mrs. Gail Richardson and Mr. Tim Norwood), outdoor excursions and catered events. The proceeds will support the FMU athletic scholarship fund. The FMU Foundation golf tournament will be held on Friday, March 11 at the Country Club of South Carolina.
The NPLI/RALI Workshop will be held on March 25, 2011. Sessions will focus on how to write and secure grants and also how to use the resources available to identify private and federal funds. The program will conclude with a legislative panel.
Mr. Campbell reported that the annual Alumni Membership and Awards Dinner were held on February 10, 2011 with 225 guests in attendance. There were 75 more guests this year than in 2010. The award recipients included:
Stephen N. Jones ’88 – Volunteer of the Year;
Johnny Brent Tiller ‘00 – Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus;
George C. McIntyre ’78 – Outstanding Alumnus.
Homecoming was February 22-26, 2011. During the week of Homecoming, the Student Alumni Association and Residence Life sponsored Comedy Night for FMU students in the University Center. Approximately 200 students turned out to be entertained by Comedian Mike Goodman. The School of Education Wine and Cheese Reception was held on February 24, 2011 at The Cottage. Three awards were presented:
Administrator Award – Vicki Kirby,’72;
Novice Educator Award – Heather Soles Papp, ’10;
Veteran Educator Award – Nancy N. Etman, ’08.
The School of Business Leadership Breakfast was held on Friday, February 25, 2011 in the Palmetto Room of the Ervin Dining Hall. The Morgan B. Coker Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to Mr. S. Fulton Ervin, III, ’92 M.B.A. Retiring School of Business Professor, Dr. Robert Pugh, was given special recognition for his years of service to the university. Homecoming concluded with Patriot Fest on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Activities included: alumni men’s and women’s basketball games, children’s activities, baseball game, silent auction and a family picnic lunch.
Mr. Campbell concluded his report by asking the Board members to contact Julian Young if they would like to host an event or if they have any ideas to support the Alumni Association.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Coleman reported that the Executive Committee met, but no action was taken. Mr. Coleman then asked Mr. Robert Lee to read Resolution 01-11 for the Naming of Griffin Athletic Complex, Hartzler Soccer Field, Webb Plaza and Hawkins Press Box. Mr. Coleman announced that the Board would be voting on Resolution 01-11 at the June Board meeting.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Dr. Randall Dozier reported that state appropriations are running between 17% to 18% and 83% of FMU students receive financial assistance. Then, he gave a facilities update. The Performing Arts Center should reach substantial completion sometime in mid-April. The Ervin Dining Hall renovation is going to begin after commencement in May and will be completed before the students return in August. The Athletic Complex project continues with projected completion in early January 2012. Construction of the Office Services replacement building is projected to begin in January 2012.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Ken Jackson announced that the overall GPA for student athletes is 2.799 versus 2.460 for all students. He reported that the women’s basketball team finished their regular season 18-8 and placed third in the Peach Belt Conference’s Eastern Division. The men’s basketball team had a third consecutive winning season with a 16-11 record, which placed them third in the Peach Belt Conference’s Easter Division standings.
Two former Francis Marion student athletes, women’s basketball player Brittany Young and softball player Jamie Holmes, were awarded $6,000 scholarships from the NCAA Ethnic and Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics programs. FMU was the only school out of all NCAA divisions that had multiple scholarship recipients among the 26 awards granted.
Former FMU basketball players and assistant coaches, Kim Slawson Hawkins and Bob Wilson, recently became the 36th and 37th members of the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame. They were honored in an induction ceremony that took place during the Homecoming 2011 ceremonies.
Mr. Jackson reported that the women’s softball team currently has a 12-4-1 record. FMU will host the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament on April 15-17, 2011 at Freedom Florence. The men’s baseball team is currently 11-3 and ranked 17th nationally. The FMU women’s tennis team is ranked 13th in the nation and has a current record of 6-0. The men’s tennis team is 5-1 and ranked 14th nationally. The Patriot golf team placed eight at the sixth-annual Wexford Plantation tournament in February 2011.
During the fall 2010 semester, there were 92 student-athletes who made the Swamp Fox Honor Roll by earning a 3.0 or higher GPA. For the second consecutive year, the Francis Marion women’s cross country team was named to the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s list of All-Academic Teams.
Mr. Jackson then gave a Student Affairs update. He began by welcoming the Student Government Association’s President, Shayla Williams, to the Board meeting. He commended the SGA on revamping the honor code and for creating a new election process. Mr. Jackson reported that 41 students graduated from the Leadership FMU Program. The career development program will be offering programs to help student prepare for job interviews. Mr. Jackson concluded his report by informing the Board that the Student Affairs Advisory Board has been formed.
Dr. Fred Carter thanked SGA President, Shayla Williams, for her leadership and hard work revising the honor code. Then, he commended Dr. Ken Autrey for coalescing faculty input and support for reforming the honor code. Dr. Carter also congratulated Mr. Keith Best on being elected to a fourth year as chair of the faculty.
Dr. Carter announced that the Honorary Degree Committee has chosen Associate Justice Kaye Hearn of the South Carolina Supreme Court to be the speaker and honorary degree recipient at commencement on May 7, 2011. In addition, an honorary degree will be given to Mr. Haigh Porter, former Mayor of Florence, local attorney and chairperson of the Grants Committee of the Bruce and Lee Foundation. Francis Marion alumnus, Ms. Pearl Moore, will also be presented an honorary degree, recognizing her athletic success and her philanthropic efforts in the community.
Dr. Carter stated that the FMU Faculty and Staff African American Coalition has asked to have a social event with the Board prior to the June Board meeting. He stated that it is a nice opportunity for the Board to continue to connect with constituencies within the University and to listen to their issues. Coalition President Yvonne Davis will give an overview of the organization and its objectives during the event.
Then, Dr. Carter gave an update about the budget. Ways and Means produced its first cut of the budget and the cuts sustained by the individual higher institutions are as follows:
Coastal Carolina - 8%
The Citadel -7%
The College of Charleston -6%
University of SC -6%
USC Beaufort -6%
USC Aiken -6%
USC Spartanburg -5%
Francis Marion -5%
Dr. Carter commended Daniel Dukes for steering the University’s budget through this process. Ways and Means allocated some non-recurring dollars out of the Capital Reserve Fund, which will allocate $965,000 in non-recurring dollars for deferred maintenance to Francis Marion University. If these dollars hold, throughout the budget process, our staff will recommend these maintenance projects to the board at the June Meeting: a new proof for the Smith Student Center, a new HVAC system for the Library and an exterior painting for the Founders and Cauthen buildings.
The Governor has proposed a new performance funding process for higher education. She has proposed a plan that is predicated upon four criteria. The criteria are: in state enrollment, graduation rates, economic development activities and job placement for graduates. The Governor gave the university Presidents the latitude to mull over the four criteria, and she allowed them to add a fifth. They have proposed service to underrepresented populations (minority enrollment and serving impoverished and rural areas of the state). More extensive information on this concept should be available by the June board meeting.
Dr. Carter concluded his report by honoring FMU sophomore student athlete, Don Sandifer, for pitching a no hitter against Winston-Salem State University on February 19, 2011.He presented Mr. Sandifer with a framed news paper article that included a bronze plaque with his winning statistics.
Mr. W. Coleman asked Mr. George McIntyre to present a report from the nominating committee. After due deliberation, the nominating committee nominates the following slate for board officers for 2011-13:
Dr. Randy Dozier, Chairman;
Mrs. Patricia Hartung, Vice Chair;
Mr. Frank Elmore, Secretary.
These individuals would serve a two year term and the Board will vote on these nominations at the June Board Meeting. Since it would be Mrs. Hartung’s second term, Mr. McIntyre asked the Board to consider suspending the bylaws to enable her to serve again as Vice Chair. Mr. McIntyre made a motion on behalf of the Nominating Committee that the bylaws be suspended to allow Mrs. Hartung serve a second two year term as Vice Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gail Richardson. The motion was passed unanimously.
Then, Mr. Coleman reminded Board members that the Statement of Economic Interests form is due by April 15, 2011.
Mr. Coleman made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:05 pm.
William W. Coleman