BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Wampee Conference Center
Pinopolis, South Carolina
Friday, August 6, 2004 – 10:37 am – 10:57 am
Mrs. Gail N. Richardson Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Chair Mr. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr. Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mrs. Melissa Emery
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Alex Kiriakides, III
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Dr. Ken Autrey, Chair of the Faculty
Mr. Garry L. Ballard, Executive Director of Communications Services
Mrs. Janet R. Braddock, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Dean of Students
Dr. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Director of Community Relations
Ms. Angela Crosland, Reporter, Morning News
Mrs. Kim Davis, Human Resources Assistant – Employment
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Dr. Gary W. Hanson, Vice President for Administration
Mr. Murray Hartzler, Director of Athletics and Men’s Soccer Coach
Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Mike Jordan, Professor of Psychology/Director of Institutional Research
Mr. Howard Lundy, Administrative Manager/University Auditor
Mrs. Kelly Sellers, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Professor of Psychology
Mrs. Gail Richardson, Chair of the Board, called the meeting to order at 10:37 am. Mrs. Richardson noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and a quorum was present. She then asked Mrs. Jan Braddock to call the roll. Mrs. Richardson also noted that the following Board members had an excused absence: Mrs. Teresa Anderson, Mr. Bill Ellen, Mr. Edward Ervin, Mrs. Patricia Hartung, Rep. Thomas Keegan, Senator Hugh Leatherman, Mrs. Carolyn Shortt, and Mr. Robert Williams.
Mrs. Richardson then recognized the Board’s new member, Mr. Hal Campbell, appointed by the Governor. Mr. Campbell is an FMU alum and owns Computer Dimensions, Inc. Mr. Campbell is a past president of the FMU Alumni Association and also serves on the FMU Foundation Board.
Mrs. Richardson then brought the minutes of the May 28, 2004 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Ken Jackson made a motion that the minutes be approved. Mr. George McIntyre seconded the motion. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Richardson then presented Resolution 06-04, 2004-2005 Budget Approval and Budget Summary, to the Board for approval. Mrs. Richardson noted the wonderful presentation on the budget given by Mr. Howard Lundy in the Board discussion sessions. Mr. Coleman made a motion that the resolution be approved. Dr. Dozier seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Richardson presented Resolution 07-04, Establishing Standing Committees, to the Board for approval. Dr. Dozier made a motion that the resolution be approved. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Richardson presented Resolution 08-04, Establishing 2004-05 Meeting Dates, to the Board for approval. Mr. Lee made a motion that the resolution be approved. Mr. Kiriakides seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Dr. Carter recognized Mrs. Kim Davis for her hard work and error free reports for Institutional Effectiveness while maintaining her regular Human Resource duties. Dr. Carter stated that he wanted to mention a problematic issue, with a promise that at the November meeting he, along with the Provost and Mr. Kispert, will bring some possible solutions to deal with the issue. The problem has to do with the increase in insurance premiums for state employees. Dr. Carter stated that he is particularly troubled because the rate increase this year for employees who have full-family coverage equals about $60.00 per month. This means that, for those employees who make $25,000 or less per year, the insurance premium increase has virtually negated the pay increase that they received this past year. Dr. Carter said that after we get the final enrollment for Fall 2004, a plan would be prepared to bring before the Board for consideration at the November meeting.
Mrs. Richardson stated that she had received many accolades for the Board from faculty and staff for the pay raise that the Board voted to give employees. Also, Mrs. Richardson noted that during the Board Retreat, the Board members have seen wonderful video presentations on two Board members, Senator Hugh Leatherman and Mr. Robert Williams. Senator Hugh Leatherman was presented the 2004 Transportation Advocate Award of the Year. Mr. Robert Williams was presented the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Florence Chamber of Commerce in February 2004.
Mr. Kiriakides asked about a letter from CHE concerning new ideas for Performance Funding. Dr. Carter responded by stating that CHE has formed a work group from the Council of Presidents consisting of Dr. Sorenson, Dr. Barker, Dr. Greenberg, Dr. Hallman, Dr. Ingle, and himself. The group is in the process of reviewing the Performance Funding system and trying to develop an approach that would be more institution specific. The approach hopefully would look at the diverse roles that the different institutions play in South Carolina. Dr. Carter said that hopefully they would be able to work with the Commission on Higher Education in eliminating the bulk of indicators that are used now. The hope would be to keep three or four of the already existing indicators that could be applied across all institutions, while putting in place some new indicators that will look at individual institution’s missions and purposes. Dr. Carter also noted that the Performance Funding process is set in law. The only way that it can be changed is this work group, and then subsequently the Council of Presidents working with CHE to go to the General Assembly with a new plan for Performance Funding.
Mrs. Richardson then recognized Mr. Jay Dowd, the new Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Foundation.
Mrs. Richardson closed by saying how wonderful and informative this Board Retreat has been. Dr. Gary Hanson and Mrs. Libby Cooper were acknowledged for their hard work in planning this retreat.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:57 am.
Teresa C. Anderson