BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Friday, August 2, 2013 – 11:30pm –12:00 pm
Presiding: Present: Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Chairman
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Mr. Jody Bryson
Mr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood, Sr.
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mr. W.C. Stanton
Dr. Shirley Carr Bausmith, Dean School of Education and Associate Professor of Education
Mr. D. Keith Best, Associate Provost & Professor of Theatre Arts - Acting
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Education Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Communications Director
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Dr. John R. Hester, Associate Provost and Director of the Center for the Child
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca H. Flannagan, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech - Directing
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. Mac McLeod, Media Production/Instructional Technical Support
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Executive Director of Public Affairs
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. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. H. Randall Dozier called the meeting to order at 11:30am. 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 June 27, 2013 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. Eddie Gunn. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Dr. Dozier reported that the Executive Committee met and no action was taken. Dr. Dozier then
welcomed the four new Board members:
1. Mr. Floyd Keels, Lake City, S.C.
2. Mr. Mark Moore, Charleston, S.C.
3. Dr. Mark Bunch, Gaffney, S.C.
4. Mr. Jody Bryson, Greenville, S.C.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Trish Hartung began by presenting Resolution 03-13, Resolution for Supporting Program
Planning for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. She noted that the resolution
will go into the packet to the Commission on Higher Education for consideration. Mrs. Hartung
made a motion for the approval of Resolution 03-13. Mr. Frank Elmore seconded the motion.
The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Hartung concluded her report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Tracy Freeman began by reporting that the Education Foundation Board of Directors is up
to 18 members.
Mr. Freeman then listed the upcoming Foundation activities:
- October 17, 2013 Scholarship Donor/ Recipient Reception
- March 7, 2014 Foundation Golf Tournament
He then reported about Outreach Programs and Fundraising:
- The Rural Leadership Institute will begin its third year as RLI (seventh including RALI), with
- The Non-Profit Leadership Institute is preparing for its twelfth year with a class of 30
- Duke Energy gave $118,140 for the Industrial Engineering Program. They have also
designated $75,000 to Francis Marion to support STEM scholarships through a workforce
development grant with another university. This brings private support for the IE program to
over $440,000 thus far.
Mr. Tracy Freeman announced some upcoming events:
- October 10, 2013 – Psychology Alumni Event; and
- October 15, 2013 – Biology Alumni Event.
Then, he announced the upcoming community affairs events:
- September 10, 2013 – New Faculty Reception at Adele Kassab’s house;
- October 27-31, 2013 – Transatlantic Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC;
- December 5, 2013 – Community Party; and
- December 6, 2013 – Faculty/Staff Christmas Party.
Mr. Freeman noted that the Transatlantic Partners program is a partnership between South Carolina and Rhineland – Palatinate. The purpose of the conference is to maintain dialogue and exchange information and concepts that lead to cooperation, collaborative efforts and innovation. The conference will primarily focus on economic development, tourism and education.
Mr. Tracy Freeman concluded his report.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre began by reviewing the quarterly budget summary and he noted that only 8% of the fiscal year has passed. The University has received 18% of income and expended about 7%. The employee headcount has remained unchanged. He noted the importance of financial assistance and that 87% of students receive financial aid in the upcoming year.
Mr. McIntyre concluded his report with a facilities update:
- Through the efforts of Senator Leatherman and others on the county transportation committee, FMU received a 350,000 grant from the Department of Transportation to enhance highway 327, landscaping and traffic control.
-There are ongoing renovations at the Hyman Fine Arts Building. They are replacing the rigging in the theatre.
- There is new signage being installed around campus. The signage will be up and ready before the students arrive in late August 2013.
-An upcoming project will be taking place at the PAC’s amphitheater. A new shell will be installed to allow for more activities in the amphitheater area.
- Renovations are underway in the Leatherman and McNair Science buildings. Upgrades include wallpaper, carpet and other cosmetic upgrades.
- Apartments and Dormitories are being painted in preparation for fall enrollment.
- Wireless communications are being completed in the Forrest Villa Apartments.
Mr. George McIntyre concluded his report.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn began by giving updates and reporting on new initiatives:
1. Freshman Focus: Personal growth and development program for the first year students.
2. Leadership FMU Program: Will continue with a greater focus on civility and community building in addition to leadership.
3. Patriot Day of Service: A day dedicated to students committing to service throughout the Pee Dee Area.
4. Career Connections: This piloted program in the spring semester will become a regular program occurring in the fall and spring semesters
Mr. Gunn then announced the following upcoming events:
1. Freshman Move-In: August 17, 2013; and
2. Welcome Week: August 18 – 21, 2013.
Mr. Gunn noted that Admissions is anticipating 800 new students this fall.
Mr. Gunn then concluded his report by giving an athletics update:
- A social media speaker will speak to students and coaches on problems, issues and benefits of social media this fall.
- Mike Green, motivational speaker, will be back on campus in the fall to discuss the dangers of drinking.
- Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Keith Best, will speak to the athletes about plagiarism.
- The baseball field will receive some much needed maintenance since it has been used so much in the last year.
Mr. Gunn concluded his report.
Dr. Carter began the report by welcoming Trustees Keels, Bryson, Bunch and Moore to the FMU Board. He also congratulated Trustees Richardson, Hartung, Coleman, Dozier and McIntyre on being re-elected to another term on the Board. Dr. Carter then proceeded to report on completed projects, projects that are underway and upcoming projects:
- In 2004, FMU began BSN in Nursing;
- Last year - Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator programs;
- Today - The board made the decision to send an initial request to begin the Physicians’ Assistant Program to the CHE;
-Next year - In collaboration with USC, 40 third and fourth year Medical students will come to Florence, South Carolina to begin their clinical work; and
- Fall 2013 – A feasibility study will be conducted to begin a Speech Therapy Program (anticipated in the fall of 2017).
Dr. Carter thanked Senator Hugh Leatherman and the other members of the delegation, specifically, Mr. Lowe and Mr. Crawford, for the strong support they gave the University in seeking funding for the Nurse Practitioner Program and the Health Sciences Facility.
Dr. Carter then proceeded to report on the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program:
- The faculty produced a comprehensive BSE curriculum in about 18 months;
- The university was successful in getting an appropriation this past year which will secure the recurring costs of that program; and
- To date, the FMU Foundation has received three major gifts from Santee Cooper, Honda and Duke Energy.
Dr. Carter then commented on two recent recognitions:
1. National award – “Great Colleges to Work For” – FMU was one of about 30 institutions recognized across the country for being a great place to work.
2. The City of Florence received a state wide award from the Municipal Association economic development initiative. The initiative that was focused upon was the partnership and the creation of the Performing Arts Center. Dr. Carter congratulated the Board for being a part of the city’s success.
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Trustee Ken Jackson thanked his fellow nominating committee members; Trustees Gail Richardson and Tracy Freeman. He then presented a slate of new officers for the 2014 – 2015 year:
Chairman – Mr. George McIntyre;
Vice Chairman – Mr. Tim Norwood; and
Secretary – Mr. Frank Elmore.
Dr. Randy Dozier noted that the Board will vote on the new slate of officers at the November 2013 meeting.
No new business.
Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. The Board adjourned at 12:00 pm.
L. Franklin Elmore