BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Friday, November 8, 2013 – 11:30 am
Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Chairman
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Mr. Jody Bryson
Dr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
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.
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mr. Ken Baker, Reporter for WMBF News
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
Ms. Tanya Brown, Reporter for WPDE News
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Communications Director
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. John R. Hester, Associate Provost and Director of the Center for the Child
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
Ms. Diane Knich, Reporter for Post and Courier
Mr. Mac McLeod, Media Production/Instructional Technical Support
Ms. Ellen Meder, Reporter for Morning News
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 11:30 am. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Dr. Dozier stated that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Stanton have an excused absence from the meeting. 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 1, 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 Mrs. Gail Richardson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Dr. Dozier reported that the Executive Committee met and no action was taken.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Gail Richardson presented the following information:
There are 744 Newly Enrolled Freshmen enrolled for fall 2013, and 95% of those are from South Carolina.
Total enrollment for fall 2013 is 4058.
Fall 2013 Commencement will take place on December 14, and there are approximately 265 students that will be graduating. Mrs. Richardson encouraged the Board members to be in attendance for Commencement.
A new Physician Assistant program is being developed. The University is being advised by the Physician Assistant Studies program at Wake Forest University. Plans are to start accepting new students for this program in fall 2016.
A feasibility study for a Speech Pathology program is being done under the direction of Dr. John Hester. It is hoped that this program will begin in fall 2017.
Dr. Jon Tuttle is continuing to strengthen our Honors Program. He is hoping to offer more applied honors courses, which should attract more student participation in the Honors Program.
McNair Scholarship interviews will be conducted in January. There will be three students chosen to receive this scholarship.
Mrs. Richardson concluded her report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Freeman began by reporting on the following Foundation activities:
The Education/Foundation Board met on October 23, 2013. During that meeting, the Board approved a revised Investment Objectives and Guidelines policy.
A Scholarship Donor/Recipient Reception was held on October 17, 2013. There were approximately 175 people attending this event.
The Chairman’s Classic Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on March 14, 2014 at the County Club of South Carolina.
On the evening of March 13, 2014, the Swamp Fox Club will hold its annual silent auction at the Performing Arts Center.
He then reported on Alumni activities:
An alumni dinner was held at the Moore Botanical Gardens in Lake City on October 8.
Alumni Affairs hosted an event for Psychology Alumni on October 10 and Biology Alumni on October 15.
Homecoming is scheduled for February 22.
The Annual Alumni Awards program will take place at the Performing Arts Center on February 27.
The Alumni Affairs Office recently had a phone-a-thon, and through that event obtained 210 additional members for the Alumni Association.
Mr. Freeman concluded his report.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre began by reviewing the quarterly budget summary and noted that the University has received 62% of budgeted revenue and expended approximately 24% of budgeted expenses. The employee headcount remains stable. He also noted that financial assistance continues to be very important to our students, which is evidenced by the fact that 87% of our students will be receiving financial aid in 2013 – 2014.
Next, Mr. McIntyre reported that the University has once again received an unqualified opinion in the audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. The auditor had no recommendations for adjustments and found no instances of non-compliance. Mr. McIntyre thanked the Vice President for Business Affairs, Mr. Jay Kispert, and all of the departments that come under his supervision for their hard work which made this unqualified audit possible. Mr. McIntyre also thanked the Chairs of the academic departments for being very conscientious about how they spend the funds that are budgeted to their respective departments.
Mr. McIntyre then gave an update on facilities:
Construction on the amphitheater shell at the Performing Arts Center is scheduled to begin in early 2014, and it is expected to be completed by spring 2014.
Dr. Sompong Krakit has graciously donated his office building in downtown Florence to the University. The plans are to convert the office building into a sound studio to be used in the University’s Music Industry program and will also be available for private use.
Mr. McIntyre concluded his report.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn shared the following report on Student Affairs activities:
The Freshman Focus program, which is a pilot program focusing on personal growth and development for first year students, was very successful with 25 students participating.
Leadership FMU will have a recognition ceremony at the conclusion of its fall session. Cody Simpson, who graduates in December, will be awarded the Leadership Legacy Award.
Beginning in spring 2014, The University will be participating in a pilot program called Campus Connector. This program focuses on improving student networking by using a concentrated social network. The goal is to increase student retention through this process.
The ROTC Commissioning Service will be on December 13.
A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place on January 16.
The FMU Dance Marathon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network will be held on January 24.
Mr. Dustin James, the Student Government President, and other members of the Francis Marion University attended the South Carolina Student Legislature in Columbia in late October. The Delegation presented many bills and resolutions which were passed by the student House of Representatives and Senate. Former Francis Marion University Student Body President, Mr. Cody Simpson, served as the student Governor and signed the proposed legislation into law.
Mr. Gunn then gave the following report on Athletics:
The Men’s Soccer team has a record of 9-4-4. They will play in the conference semi-finals on November 8.
The Women’s Volleyball team has a record of 8-6 and is ranked second in the conference. They are ranked seventh in the region by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The University will host the conference tournament November 22 – 24.
Fourteen of our student athletes received the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award for 2012-13.
Eighty-nine of our athletes were named to the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll for 2012-13.
Basketball Season begins November 14, and the Athletic Advisory Committee will be having a fundraiser at the games that day to support the Wounded Warrior project.
Homecoming will take place on February 22.
Athletic Department Fundraising is on target to exceed funds raised last year. $231,156 have already been pledged or given, compared to a total of $239,000 for last year.
Mr. Gunn concluded his report.
Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:
The Scholarship Donor/Recipient Reception that Mr. Freemen mentioned in his committee report was a big success. This event was started approximately six years ago. It is a great opportunity for the scholarship recipients to thank the donors for their generosity, while allowing the donors a chance to see the impact their donations are making in the lives of the students.
This is the fifteenth year that the University has received an unqualified audit report. Dr. Carter thanked the faculty and staff for their hard work that made this possible.
The annual Pee Dee Fiction Festival is being held on campus November 7-8. Guest authors for the event are Jane Yolen, Evie Shockley, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Tom Franklin, and Allison Joseph.
Mr. Philip Gardner, Professor of English, has recently completed his third book of short stories entitled “Available Light.” Board members will be receiving a copy this new book by mail. Mr. Gardner has been a faculty member at Francis Marion University for approximately twenty-five years. In addition to his new book, his achievements include being a three-time winner in the South Carolina Fiction Project and a Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open winner.
There will be a lunch for the second year medical students from the University of South Carolina at the Performing Arts Center on November. In 2015, the third and fourth year medical students will be coming to campus. These students will be doing clinical work at both McLeod Regional Medical Center and the Carolinas Hospital System. When the Health Sciences building is completed in 2016, it will be accommodated by these medical students along with the students in the Nurse Practitioner program.
Commencement will take place on December 14. Mrs. Minor Mickel Shaw will be Commencement speaker. Mrs. Shaw is Chair of the Duke Endowment, the Belle Baruch Foundation, and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission. In addition, she is manages Micco, LLC, which is an investment and real estate company. Along with Mrs. Shaw, Rev. William Diggs and Mrs. Lucy Thrower will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate degree. Rev. Diggs just retired as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Mrs. Thrower was a full-time faculty member is the Mathematics department from 1971 to 1999, and continues to teach in a part-time capacity.
The University is excited about the new programs in Industrial Engineering, Speech Pathology, Physician’s Assistant that will be offered in the near future.
The next three to four years will be very critical year for the University as we look at new programs as well as new places. The University will continue to build on the foundation of extraordinary faculty and staff as well as the wisdom, experience, and maturity of our wonderful Board of Trustees.
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Dr. Dozier presented the following list of officers for the 2014 - 2015 year to the Board for consideration:
Chairman – Mr. George McIntyre
Vice-Chairman – Mr. Tim Norwood
Secretary – Mr. Frank Elmore
Dr. Dozier thanked Mr. Ken Jackson, Mr. Tracy Freeman, and Mrs. Gail Richardson for serving on the nominating committee. The new officers will serve a two year term and will begin their duties in February 2014.
Dr. Dozier asked that a motion be made for approval of the proposed list of officers. Mr. Stephen Jones made the motion for approval, and Mr. Gail Richardson seconded the motion. The list of officers received unanimous approval by the Board.
No New Business
Dr. Dozier asked that a motion be made for the Board to go into Executive Session to consider a contractual agreement with the town of Mt. Pleasant. Mr. George McIntyre made a motion that the Board to go into Executive Session, and Mr. Frank Elmore seconded that motion. The Board gave unanimous approval to go into Executive Session.
After the Executive Session, Mr. Dozier noted that no action was taken during the session. He then asked that a motion be made concerning the topic discussed during Executive Session. Mr. Robert Lee made a motion that the Board authorize Dr. Carter to accept the town of Mt. Pleasant’s invitation for the University to begin offering courses designed to meet the needs of the people in that area. Mr. Frank Elmore seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.
Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Mr. Eddie Gunn. The Board adjourned at 12:30 pm.
L. Franklin Elmore