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Minutes
November 11, 2011

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY

Francis Marion University

Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room

Friday, November 11, 2011 – 11:30am –12:08pm

 

 

Presiding:   

Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Chairman                                                   

Present:

Mr. James A. Brown

Mr. William W. Coleman

 Mr. L. Franklin Elmore

Ms. Melissa Emery

Mr. R. Tracy Freeman

Mr. William Edward Gunn

Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson

Mr. Stephen N. Jones                                   

Mr. Robert E. Lee

 

Mr. George C. McIntyre

Mr. Timothy F. Norwood, Sr.

Dr. Kevin O’Kelly

Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson                

Others Present:

 

Mr. D. Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts

Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs

Dr. L. Fred Carter, President

Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost

Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator

Mrs. Kim 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

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. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management

Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Regional Editor of Media General/Morning News

Dr. Jeannette Myers, Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate Programs

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. Cody Simpson, SGA President

Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs

Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration

Dr. H. Randall Dozier called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Dr. Dozier 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.

Dr. Dozier presented the minutes of the August 5, 2011 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. W. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jim Brown. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Executive Affairs Committee:

 

 

Dr. Dozier presented Resolution 05-11, resolution for naming Lake Coleman for information only, and he noted that it will be presented for approval in March 2012.

 

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

 

Mrs. Trish Hartung began by making a motion for the approval of Resolution 06-11, Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program. Mr. Frank Elmore seconded the motion. Resolution 06-11 received unanimous approval by the Board.

Mrs. Hartung reported that the President’s Strategic Planning Committee had met and determined that the current strategic plan is fundamentally sound and will be updated as necessary. She also reported that during the Fall 2011 semester, FMU had its largest headcount enrollment in history and that freshman applications have increased as compared to last year at the same time.

 

Mrs. Hartung concluded her report by recognizing the School of Business for its MBA students’ reported test results. She stated that since 2006, FMU students graduating from the MBA program have been tested to determine how they compare to MBA students nationwide. The results for FMU students have consistently exceeded or have been equal to the average scores of MBA graduates nationally. 

 

Lastly, Mr. Frank Elmore asked when the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Degree Program will be implemented. Dr. Carter responded by stating that the first class will begin January 2013, assuming CHE approvals are attained. Dr. Carter anticipates that the first class will have 35 people in it; 22 Nurse Practitioners and 13 Nurse Educators. He then reported that these programs will need at least three additional faculty members and the hiring process will begin in early spring through the fall.

 

Development and Alumni Committee:

 

Mr. Tracy Freeman reported that the Foundation Board received a financial report at their October 26, 2011 meeting stating that the Foundation’s total liabilities and net assets as of June 30, 2011 were $25,400,858 as compared to $23,174,600 on June 30, 2010.

Then, Mr. Freeman announced the new board members with their terms beginning January 1, 2012: Buddy Brand, Chairman; Jim O’Loughlin, Vice Chairman; and Jane Huggins, Secretary/ Treasurer.

Next, Mr. Freeman reported that the new board members are Frank Avent and James Schofield. Then, he announced the outgoing board members: Reamer King, outgoing Chairman; Tim Norwood; Floyd Keels; and Hal Campbell.

Mr. Freeman then announced the Foundation’s upcoming events:

February 7, 2012 – The Scholarship Reception

March 9, 2012 – FMU Foundation Golf Tournament at the Country Club of South Carolina.

Mr. Freeman then gave a Non Profit Leadership Institute and Rural Leadership Institute update. He stated that NPLI began its 10th year in September 2011. They had a capacity class of 33 members representing nonprofit organizations across the state. The annual NPLI alumni workshop is scheduled for March 22- 23 in Myrtle Beach. The Rural Leadership Institute began in September also. They had 30 participants from the following counties: Clarendon, Sumter, Darlington, Lee, Chesterfield, Williamsburg, Marlboro and Florence.

 

Alumni Report

 

Mr. Freeman reported that on September 15, a reception was held for alumni living in the Midlands area of South Carolina at the Clarion Downtown Hotel. The event was hosted by former Trustee, Bill Ellen ’78. Then he stated that the Alumni Association Board of Directors held a planning retreat on September 22, 2011 in The Cottage.

Alumni Officers include:

James Harrell, President;

 

Mari Kaye Haney, Vice President;

 

Brian Kelley, Secretary.

 

Mr. Freeman then reported that the baseball alumni event was held on October 1 and 2, 2011. The weekend included golf, baseball, and dinner. Then the Psychology department hosed their annual alumni awards reception at The Cottage on October 4, 2011. The award recipient was Brian C. Denny ’98, ’01. On October 18, 2011, the Biology department hosted their annual awards reception in The Cottage. Dr. Treadwell Campbell, ’81 received the John S. Boyce award and Dr. Randy A. Albrecht ’96 received the Lawrence Swails award. Then, on October 25, 2011, Trustee Norwood hosted a business casual reception for alumni living in the Florence area, at Victor’s Bistro on October 25, 2011.

 

Next, Mr. Freeman stated that on October 5, 2011, the Student Alumni Association conducted its first induction ceremony in Lowrimore Auditorium. There were 60 inductees that participated. Officers are as follows:  Bridgette Florence of Charleston, President; Shelby Moses of Columbia, Vice President; Cristeena Redding of Kingstree, Secretary; and Quanisha Nesmith of Salters, Treasurer.

 

Mr. Freeman ended his report by giving a list of upcoming events:

January 26, 2012 – Alumni Association Annual Membership Dinner at the FMU Performing Arts Center

February 9, 2012 – Alumni Reception in Greenville hosted by Trustees Brad Boles and Frank Elmore

February 13-18, 2012 – Homecoming

February 16, 2012 – The School of Education annual alumni awards reception at the FMU, PAC

 

 

February 17, 2012 – The School of Business Breakfast at the FMU, PAC

 

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

 

Mr. George McIntyre began by referring to the budget summary. He stated that as of the first quarter of the fiscal year, the University has received 51% of its revenue this year. On the expenditure side FMU is right on target with about 21%. He stated that employees and FTE’s are stable and that there has been very little change in four years. Mr. McIntyre then noted that Pell grants have increased dramatically since last year with over 2 million dollars more in awards. He expressed concern about the federal government potentially curtailing funding for the Pell grant program which will be a challenging for FMU and other universities. He then stated that 83% of FMU students are receiving some form of financial assistance.

Then, Mr. McIntyre stated that the university received no qualifications when audited early in the year. He thanked the Accounting, Financial Assistance and Facilities Management teams for staying on top of this daily and completing their tasks in a timely manner.

Next, Mr. McIntyre gave a facilities update. He stated that the Athletic Complex is nearing completion. He stated that the sidewalks and pedestrian street lighting have been installed. They will begin bridge installation work soon. The parking lots have been completed and Progress Energy is completing work on installing permanent power to the complex. In the baseball facility, the building and playing fields are about 90% complete, playing lights have been installed and the score board structural steel will be installed soon. The softball field is 90% complete, playing lights have been installed and the score board steel will be installed in the next week. The soccer field building and playing field are 90% complete; the score board steel will be installed soon. He reported that completion of the athletic complex should be in January 2012 and that athletic events will be held in February beginning with baseball and softball.

 

Lastly, Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board to mark their calendars for the FMU vs. USC baseball game on April 11, 2012.   

 

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

 

Mr. Eddie Gunn reported that Dr. Carter introduced SGA President, Cody Simpson, in the Student Affairs and Athletics committee meeting. Mr. Gunn reported that for the first time in nearly 20 years, Francis Marion University sent a delegation to the South Carolina State Student Legislature in Columbia this fall. Then Mr. Gunn proudly announced that the FMU SGA won the Cohesiveness Award.

Mr. Gunn then gave an overview of the Student Affairs activities and initiatives. He stated that Welcome Week was successful with over 2000 students participating. The Student Involvement Fair included over 44 student organizations and 22 community agencies. He reported that the Multicultural Advisory Board hosted Dr. David Gonzalez, singer-poet-story teller and the annual Cultural Food Fest had over 400 people in attendance. Athletics and the Student Affairs offices brought in speaker, Mike Green, for the Alcohol Education Program. It was well attended with over 200 students. He then noted that over 320 students attended Alcohol Awareness Week activities. Next, he reported that 464 students attended Fall Fest and 150 students and 40 employers attended the Career Fair. Mr. Gunn then reported that Leadership FMU continues to grow with 36 students in the program.

 

Mr. Eddie Gunn concluded his report with an Athletics update. He reported that the men’s and women’s soccer program completed their seasons, and he noted that the University will be searching for a new men’s soccer coach. He reported that the men’s basketball season starts on November 11, 2011 and the women’s season kicks off the following weekend.

 

President’s Report:

 

Dr. Fred Carter began his report by covering a few topics. He stated that the Performing Arts Center had a marvelous, four day opening weekend in September and since then, the PAC has received superlative reviews from all across South Carolina. Dr. Carter then reported that the development of the Athletic Complex is going very well and he stated that it will be a wonderful addition to the University’s campus.

 

Dr. Carter reminded the Board of the possibility of considering the feasibility of proceeding with a new undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and a new Masters of Public Administration at the next meeting. He reported that the Provost was overseeing the development of two feasibility studies with faculty groups that are working to examine cost estimates, employability, and the market demands of the degrees. Dr. Carter stated that those reports should be completed by the beginning of the calendar year and it is likely that these will be brought to the Board at the March 2012 meeting with some recommendations pertaining to the baccalaureate degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Public Administration.  

 

Dr. Carter then briefed the Board about the Governor’s efforts to move ahead with Accountability Based Funding. He reported that 13 presidents and chancellors have been working with the Governor’s staff and the Commission on Higher Education’s staff to develop a template in order to move forward with ABF. He referred the board to the ABF draft hand out and stated that he would brief the Board at each phase of the process. Dr. Carter reported that during the next 6 weeks, a delegation of SC state university presidents in partnership with the Governor’s staff and the CHE’s staff will work on legislation to send to the General Assembly when they reconvene in January.

Then, Dr. Carter announced that Commencement will take place on December 17, 2011 and the speaker will be Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia who will receive an honorary degree along with Representative Carl Anderson of Georgetown, and Dr. Sylvia Lufkin. He reported that Dr. Lufkin retired last year after serving as a very successful founding chair of the FMU Nursing program. Dr. Carter stated that bringing Dr. Lufkin back and awarding her an honorary degree is a way for the University and entire community to thank her for the diligent work she did in establishing the foundation of the Nursing program.

Dr. Carter concluded his report by inviting the Trustees to attend the luncheon immediately following the Board meeting in The Cottage with the writers and poets that are on campus as a part of the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival.

 

Unfinished Business

 

Dr. Randy Dozier thanked Trustees Robert Lee, Frank Elmore and Melissa Emery for working through the by-laws issues and changes. Mr. Robert Lee then addressed the Board and referred them to tab 5 of their notebooks. He brought forth two amendments:

  1. To amend Section 4 of the by-laws to read:

 

 

The officers of the Board of Trustees shall consist of the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Secretary. Election of officers shall be held at the quarterly spring meeting biannually. New officers will assume office at the summer annual meeting. Each officer is elected for two years or until a successor is elected or qualified. In the event of a vacancy in the Chair’s position, the Vice Chair will succeed to the position for the remainder of the term. All other vacancies in any office may be filled at any meeting. The term for the chair will be a single two-year term. The other officers may serve multiple terms. 

 

2.    To amend Section 6A (1) of the by-laws to read:

 

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Board of Trustees and the chairs of the standing committees, and previous board chairs who continue to serve as active trustees.

 

*Substantive changes are italicized.

Mr. Lee made a motion for the approval of the adoption of the amendments to section 4 and section 6A (1) of the by-laws.  The motion was seconded by Dr. Kevin O’Kelly. The amendments to the by-laws received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

New Business

 

No new Business.

Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Tim Norwood seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:08 pm. 

Respectfully Submitted,

 


 

L. Franklin Elmore

Secretary

Last Published: May 17, 2012 5:07 PM
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