BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Friday, March 2, 2012 – 11:30am –12:11pm
Dr. H. Randall Dozier Mr. James A. Brown
Chairman Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Mr. William W. Coleman
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Ms. Melissa Emery
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
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
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
Mr. Dwight Dana, Print Journalist for the Morning News
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
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 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 November 9, 2011 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Ken Jackson 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.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Dr. Dozier presented Resolution 05-11, resolution for naming Lake Coleman. Dr. Dozier made a motion for Resolution 05-11 to be passed. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Trish Hartung began by referring to the Strategic Planning Committee. She noted that they are continuing to meet, and they are reviewing the FMU mission statement. She also stated that Enrollment Management department is considering new software upgrades to make the Admissions process more efficient. She then stated that the FMU ROTC program is going to partner with the Junior ROTC program for one hour of university credit.
Mrs. Hartung then presented Resolution 01-12, resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Educator Degree Program. Mrs. Hartung made a motion for the approval of resolution 01-12. Mr. Tracy Freeman seconded the motion. Resolution 01-12 received unanimous approval by the Board.
Next, Mrs. Hartung presented Resolution 02-12, resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies Degree program. Mrs. Hartung made a motion for the approval of resolution 02-12. Mr. Stephen Jones seconded the motion. Resolution 02-12 received unanimous approval by the board which ended Mrs. Hartung’s report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Tracy Freeman began by reporting that the Alumni scholarship reception was on February 7, 2012 and was well attended. He then made announcements about upcoming events:
The Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on March 9, 2012 at the Country Club of South Carolina, and the Athletic Auction will be held on April 26, 2012 in the Performing Arts Center. The NPLI/RALI workshop will be held in Myrtle Beach on March 23 and 24, 2012. The event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Institute.
Mr. Freeman then gave a RALI update. On February 28, 2012, RALI - Dillon held a grand ceremony for their free medical clinic.
Mr. Tracy Freeman made some event announcements. On January 19, the Alumni association Executive Committee met to discuss marketing plans and events for the association.
The Annual Alumni Membership and Awards Dinner was held on January 26, 2012. The award recipients included:
Dr. Shirley C. Bausmith ’91. ’94, Volunteer of the Year;
Dr. Toby L. Nelson ‘01, Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus; and
Mr. John S. Nichols ’78, Outstanding Alumnus.
Homecoming week was February 13-18, 2012. The Student Alumni Association co-sponsored a kick –off dance on Monday night during homecoming week along with Residence Life.
The School of Education Alumni Awards reception was held at the FMU Performing Arts Center on February 16, 2012. Three awards were presented:
Novice Educator Award – Benjamin “Ben” R. Daniel, ’10;
Veteran Educator Award – Victoria Renee Williams-Cooper, ’11; and
Administrator Award – Robert “Randy” R. Smiley, ’78, ’90.
The School of Business Leadership Awards Breakfast was held on Friday, February 17, 2012 in the FMU Performing Arts Center. The Morgan B. Coker Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Katherine L. Jackson, ’82.
On Friday, February 17, 2012, Alumni Affairs hosted a reception for alumni at Redbone Alley.
An Upstate Alumni Reception was held on February 9, 2012, at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. Hosts for the event were Trustees Frank Elmore and Bradley Boles. Dr. Fred Carter brought university greetings to the attendees. Alumni Association President, James Harrell, was also in attendance.
On March 6, 2012, SAA and six other student organizations will be sponsoring a “Wake Up” fair in the UC. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about Hunger and Homelessness. Then, on March 24, 2012, SAA members will be participating in the Great American Clean Up through local affiliate Keep Florence Beautiful. The Past Presidents’ Council will meet on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Victor’s Bistro.
Mr. Tracy Freeman ended his report with the following announcements:
On March 29, 2012, the Alumni Association Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.
On March 31, 2012, SAA members will be volunteering with Arts International.
The SAA Senior pinning ceremony will be held on April 10, 2012 at 5:00 in the Ervin Dining Hall’s Palmetto Room.
Finally, on May 5, 2011 at 10 a.m., commencement will be held in the University Center with reception for new graduates and their guests in the Cottage immediately following.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre began by referring to the budget summary and he noted that everything is going well financially. To date, FMU has collected about 96% of annual revenue and have expended about 56%. FMU is under budget. The employee headcount has remained stable. The percentage of undergraduate receiving financial assistance has increased since last year.
Then, Mr. McIntyre presented Resolution 03-12, resolution for the Adjustment of the Information Technology Fee. Before the motion for approval, Mr. Jim Brown asked if it is currently $200,000 to $230,000 dollars. Dr. Carter responded by stating that when the funding was first appropriated to FMU, it came out of Lottery proceeds directly. Now the funding has been moved to the unclaimed prize section. He explained that it is not exactly the amount of money that is appropriated. It is a percentage of what is appropriated based upon what unclaimed prizes are. This year’s appropriation was $188,000 and last year was a little more than $200,000, but when FMU first received the appropriation it was about $900,000 a year. Then it went down for a number of years to the $500,000 range. Now that it has been moved to the unclaimed prizes, it is generally in about the $100,000 to $200,000 range. Dr. Carter then stated that they have looked at the system and what it will cost comprehensively. He explained that resolution 03-12 will be implemented over a three year period, one increment at a time, and when it reaches the third year, the University will be in a good position to sustain the infrastructure. Mr. George McIntyre noted that even when it is fully implemented, FMU will still be below the sister institutions in the State.
Mr. McIntyre made a motion for the approval of resolution 03-12. Mr. Tracy Freeman seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval from the Board.
Mr. McIntyre then noted that President Carter appeared before the Education Sub-committee of the Ways and Means committee and made several requests. Those requests included funding for the Nurse Practitioner program, the future Physician’s Assistant program, some deferred maintenance projects and capital projects – the School of Education /School of Business renovations and renovations to Founder’s Hall. At this point, the committee has appropriated $100,000 dollars in non-recurring funds for the Nurse Practitioner program and $1.1 million in non-recurring funds for capital improvements, repair and deferred maintenance projects.
Then, Mr. McIntyre gave a facilities update. The Athletic complex is nearing completion. The plaza work is progressing well; sod and Palmetto trees will be placed in front of the field house. Parking lot and roadway pavement is scheduled to begin this week and completed by mid-March. The Baseball, Softball and Soccer buildings are 90% complete. The Field house is 80% complete and all three playing fields have been punch listed. The General Contractor is working to complete all remaining items. The lake and bridge work are 85% complete. The dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for April 4, 2012. The FMU – USC game will open the complex on April 11, 2012.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn began by announcing upcoming events:
- Student Affairs Leadership Conference – March 24, 2012
- Career Fair – April 11, 2012
- Summer Camps – May 15 – July 27, 2012
- Dance Marathon: Children’s Miracle Network – September 28-29, 2012.
Mr. Gunn then thanked SGA President, Mr. Cody Simpson, for his leadership and his work on a number of projects including; the Homecoming Parade, expanding the SGA to include a judicial council and the town hall student forum. The SGA will participate in the South Carolina state student legislature later this spring and Cody had been named the secretary of the state.
Mr. Gunn then gave an Athletics update. He reported that Athletics Director, Mr. Murray Hartzler, hired John Campbell as the new soccer head coach. Mr. Gunn noted that the average grade point average of student athletes is 2.80 which is higher than the campus average of 2.36. He reported that the biggest thing going on right now is the successful completion of the Athletic Complex. He noted that the Swamp Fox Club is continuing their fund raising efforts and this past year, they raised $67,517.00 dollars which is 2% over last year. Mr. Gunn then invited the Board to join the Swamp Fox Club. Mr. Gunn ended his report by reiterating that the FMU – USC baseball tickets are sold out.
Dr. Fred Carter began his report by congratulating SGA President, Cody Simpson, on doing a remarkable job in his efforts with the SGA, the SC student legislature, and the FMU Homecoming Parade.
Dr. Carter then referred to Trustee McIntyre’s report and the FMU requests to the House Ways and Means committee. He stated that FMU has been successful historically because of the efforts of Daniel Dukes and Jim McGee. He added that the University will seek to add to those appropriations when it goes to the senate side. Dr. Carter stated that the deferred maintenance will not increase much more than the $1.2 million, but he hoped to see Nurse Practitioner dollars go from $100,000 to $750,000 when it gets into the senate. He has the expectation that the Nursing appropriations will go from non-recurring this year and transition to recurring dollars in the years ahead. Dr. Carter reported that next January, FMU will enroll 32 students in the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator Programs; 20 of those in the Nurse Practitioner Program and 12 of those in the Nurse Educator Program. He then stated that he expects to see a growth pattern similar to that of the BSN program. He emphasized the uniqueness of this degree program and stated that it will change the nature of the services that the University provides that the community.
Dr. Carter also discussed the Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. The faculty committee comprised of Drs. Peter King, David Peterson, and Susan Peters have completed an exceptional feasibility study, and the university is prepared to move forward with the development of the curriculum. Assuming that the necessary university and State approvals can be acquired, the first class of the engineering students can be admitted in January, 2014.
He reported that Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing began in 2004, and then the Masters in Nurse Practice the Masters in Nurse Educator will be added in 2013 and between January 2014 and August 2014, the Bachelor in Industrial Engineering will be added.
Next, Dr. Carter provided an update on the new athletic complex. He stated that it’s a beautiful facility and a nice complement to the university. He noted that it is for intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and for recreational opportunities.
Then, he reported that in two weeks a group from the university will be going to Ecuador to open the Wildsumaco research facility. He reminded the Board that Travis Knowles has worked almost 2 years on bringing this project upward. He announced that the following people will attend the opening: Trustee Eddie Gunn, Dr. Peter King and Professor Glen Gourley. He noted that Professor Gourley is going to represent the faculty leadership.
Dr. Carter stated that the administration will bring tuition recommendations to the Board at the June meeting. He stressed that they will work diligently to keep any increases as moderate as possible.
Dr. Carter reported that a master physical plan will be presented for the Board at the August meeting. He stated that he feels it is important to update the master physical plan every few years and ask the board to provide clear input, ideas and suggestions.
Dr. Carter reported that FMU partnered with the Florence Morning News this past week to award the first three Marion Medallions to men and women across the Pee Dee who have made distinctive, sustained efforts to improve the lives of the citizens of this region. Mr. Henry Johnson, Mr. Heyward King and Ms. Marsha Baxley were selected as the initial three recipients who richly deserve the award. Dr. Carter noted that he thought the process went very well and he appreciated the partnership with the Morning News. Dr. Carter ended his report by announcing that commencement will be held on May 5, 2012, and the commencement speaker will be Professor Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty. He noted that everyone is looking forward to Keith’s speech. In addition, Ambassador Joseph Melrose will be awarded an honorary degree. Dr. Carter stated that he was a critical part in the UN Symposium that was held on campus a few years ago. Ambassador Melrose has held ambassadorial rank in three different countries in and has worked diligently with FMU starting the Model UN program. Finally, the third honorary degree recipient will be Dr. Johnny Bruce. Dr. Bruce is a very prominent dentist in town. He has spent his life working in dental practice, and he has helped thousands of people and patients in that process. Dr. Bruce serves as the Vice Chair of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, so we will recognize him for his exemplary medical work as well as for the philanthropic work he has done as a member of the Bruce and Lee Foundation.
No unfinished business.
No new business.
Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Jim Brown seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:11 pm.
H. Randall Dozier