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Minutes

June 2, 2006
Minutes

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY

 

Francis Marion University

President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building

Friday, June 2, 2006 – 11:30 am – 12:30pm

 

Presiding:                                                                    Present:

 

Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson                                Mrs. Teresa C. Anderson

Chairman                                                        Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.

Mr. T. Hal Campbell

                                                                        Dr. H. Randall Dozier

                                                                        Mr. William M. Ellen

                                                                        Mr. L. Franklin Elmore

                                                                        Mrs. Melissa J. Emery

                                                                        Mr. Edward S. Ervin, III

                                                                                    Member Emeritus

                                                                        Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung

                                                                        Mr. Robert E. Lee

Mr. George C. McIntyre

                                                                        Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson

                                                                        Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt

                                                                        Mr. W. C. Stanton

                                                                        Mr. Robert Williams, Jr.

 

Others Present:

Ms. Kathy Andrews, Director of Publications and Marketing

Dr. Ken Autrey, Chair of the Faculty

Mr. Garry L. Ballard, Executive Director of Communications Services

Mr. Darryl Bridges, Dean of Students

Dr. Fred Carter, President

Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost

Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Director of Community Relations

Mrs. Kim Davis, Human Resources / Employment and Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation

Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison

Dr. Ron Faulkenberry, Dean of the School of Education

Mrs. Rachel R. Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President

Mr. Murray Hartzler, Director of Athletics

Mr. Michael Hawkins, Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Marketing

Mrs. Brandie Hayes, Director of Alumni Affairs

Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, Vice President for Student Affairs

Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs

Dr. Ken Kitts, Associate Provost

Mr. Bob Merritt, University Attorney

Mr. Jim Newman, Morning News

Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Jackson called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. He then asked Rachel Hamaie to call the roll. Mr. Jackson then noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and a quorum was present.

 

Mr. Jackson presented the minutes of the February 3, 2006 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. George McIntyre made a motion that the minutes be approved, and the motion was seconded by James Brown. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

 

Trish Hartung began her report by presenting a committee recommendation that the Board approve Resolution 05-06, Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan had been sent by mail to each Board member for review one month prior to the meeting.  She then informed the Board that the final version of the Strategic Plan being considered for approval reflected organizational changes, but that there were no changes to the content.  She stated that the Strategic Plan was approved by the Faculty on April 11, 2006. In addition, the Board approved the objectives of the Strategic Plan in the 1999-2000 academic year. Robert Williams made a motion that the Resolution be approved.  Carolyn Shortt seconded the motion.  The Resolution received unanimous approval by the Board. 

 

Mrs. Hartung stated that the committee received a report on enrollment at Francis Marion University.  She reported that enrollment continues to increase.  The quantity of freshman applications increased as well as the quality of applicants.   The committee also received a report from the Director of the Center of Excellence, Tammy Pawloski.  The Center of Excellence is involved in training teachers to work with children of poverty.  Dr. Pawloski hopes we will be able to lead other organizations to recognize the need for such a program. 

 

 

Development and Alumni Committee:

 

Hal Campbell reported that the committee received a report from Jay Dowd. Also, Brandie Love was introduced in the committee meeting as the new Director of Annual Giving. He reported that as of April 30th the Capital Campaign has gifts and pledges totaling $31, 212, 941 compared to an original goal of $12,000,000.

 

He then reported that the Foundation Board elected new officers.  Tim Norwood will be the new Chairman.  Reamer King will continue as Vice Chairman.  Hal Campbell will continue as Secretary and Floyd Keels will continue as Treasurer.   There were also new Foundation Board members elected.  They are Ben Zeigler, an attorney with Haynsworth, Sinker and Boyd,   Mark Avent, with Pepsi-Cola in Bennettsville,  and Allie Brooks, a retired educator from Florence School District 1.

 

Mr. Campbell reported that this year’s Annual Golf Tournament generated $25, 713 in net revenue. The next Francis Marion University Foundation / Alumni Golf Classis is scheduled for March 16, 2007. 

 

He then reported that this fall the Real Estate Foundation will purchase the west campus from the FMU Foundation, which does not include the 4 acres of commercial/retail development along Highway 76.  This allows the FMU Foundation to engage in developing this acreage as needed.  It will also substantially relieve the burden on the FMU Foundation as it relates to the note payable on the property.

 

Mr. Campbell reported that the University will assume greater responsibility for scholarships increasing unrestricted monies within the Foundation.  This will generate an additional $45,000 in unrestricted dollars.

 

In addition, he reported on the following alumni events and activities:

 

1.      Homecoming occurred from February 23rdth through February 25th.  The School of Education held a reception at The Cottage on Thursday afternoon where approximately sixty five people attended.  Four alumni were recognized as outstanding educators.  On Friday night a dessert and coffee reception was held at The Cottage.  Over fifty alumni, faculty and staff gathered to recognize the Hall of Fame inductees:  Precious Adderson ‘02 and Jennifer Brabson.  Also on hand were the 1986 women’s basketball championship team and Coach Sylvia Hatchell. Saturday was Homecoming Day and the Patriot Fest.

 

2.      The School of Business Alumni Breakfast had a record number of 80 in attendance this year.  The Outstanding Alumnus recognized this year was Sherry Miller Jones ’89, ’95 of Darlington.

 

3.      A new Alumni Directory was published.  This is the third published directory.  For the first time, this directory is available online.  A basic subscription allows alumni to update their own information online and gives them access to an alumni newsletter, an all alumni bulletin board, and the intra-advertising component.  A paid subscription allows them to search the database online.

 

4.      This spring, Student Alumni Association members had the opportunity to participate in a new mentorship program.  Students were paired with graduates who shared their career interests.  Seven students were mentored by FMU graduates for periods of time ranging from 4 weeks to the entire semester. 

 

5.      A new student award, the Alumni on the Rise Award, has been established by the current Alumni Board.  This award is given to a student in their sophomore or junior year who is making a difference in bridging the gap between students and alumni.

 

Executive Affairs Committee:

 

Mr. Jackson stated that the committee met and discussed 06-06 Resolution for the Reinstatement of the Francis Marion College Medallion.  This medallion was retired in 1992 when Francis Marion College became Francis Marion University.  This resolution from the President asks that the Provost be allowed  to wear this medallion at official ceremonial occasions.  Mr. Jackson made a motion that the resolution be approved.  Mr. Williams seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

 

 

Robert Lee then reported that with 91% of the budget year completed, only 89% of the allotted funds have been expended.  Of those funds expended 76% of them were used for personnel costs.  All unexpended funds will be carried over to the next budget year.   

 

There were three action items for the full Board.  Mr. Lee reported that the first resolution, 07-06 Resolution for the Adjustment of University Fees, comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  This resolution calls for an 8% increase in tuition.  This will increase the cost per semester to $3256 for non-nursing students and $5049 for nursing students.  This will yield $1,680,000 for expenditures to next year’s budget.  Mr. Lee presented the resolution to the Board for approval.   Gail Richardson seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Mr. Lee then presented the second resolution from the Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee, 08-06 Resolution for the Adjustment of the Student Activity Fee.  The resolution raises the student activity fee $25 to a total of $47.50 per semester.  These monies will go toward the improvement of athletic facilities.  Dr. Carter explained the intent is to increase the fees over the next few years until the student fees are at $100.  Mr. Campbell asked how these fees compare to other universities in South Carolina.  Dr. Carter stated that our fees for tuition and student activities are still among the lowest in the state.  Mr. Lee presented the second resolution to the Board for approval.  Mrs. Richardson seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board. 

 

Mr. Lee then presented the third resolution from the Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee, 09-06 Resolution for Budget Approval.  Mr. Williams made a motion that the 2006-07 budget be approved.  Mr. Jackson seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board. 

 

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

 

Frank Elmore stated that the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee received a report from Darryl Bridges.  Mr. Bridges reported that the new Student Government Association (SGA) officers were elected and all 20 of the upper class senate seats were filled.  The new SGA officers are Shaquanna Corbett, president; Tiffany Gibson, vice-president; Felicia Golston, treasurer; and Brian Mitchell, secretary.

 

Mr. Elmore reported the Student Life Awards were hosted on April 18, 2006.  Fifty-four students and nine student organizations were recognized for their achievements. 

The Office of Student Life organized many events including weekend films, Homecoming, Ms. FMU and Greek Week. The winner of Ms. FMU 2006 was Katie Todd. 

 

Mr. Elmore reported that the Office of Career Development hosted a job fair this spring with recruiters from 38 companies and organizations. There were 217 participants.  The Office of Counseling and Testing conducted five outreach programs to coordinate disability services with university students.   The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsored the Minority Student Honors Awards during which over 300 students were honored for their academic achievements.  Fourteen of them had GPA’s of 4.0 or above. 

 

Mr. Elmore reported that the committee also received a  report from Murray Hartzler outlining the following:

1.      The average GPA for student athletes has increased to 2.82 for the spring semester.  The average GPA of all students is 2.501.

2.       Mr. Dylan Owen of the FMU baseball team was named an All American.

3.      The baseball team went to the NCAA Division II World Series, and is currently ranked third in the nation.

4.       Garth Thompson was named Conference Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s tennis. 

5.      Men’s Tennis is ranked 14th in the nation.    Women’s tennis is ranked 16th in the nation.

6.        In softball, women rank 8th in the region. 

7.      The FMU golf team placed 3rd in the independent Division 1 conference tournament.

8.       Women’s basketball lost in the conference championship game. 

 

Mr. Hartzler also announced that FMU has a new head basketball coach, Mr. Gary Edwards from Indiana University.  Francis Marion University’s progress toward NCAA Division I is continuing along smoothly.  

 

Mr. Elmore then thanked Dr. Joseph Heyward for his more than 30 years of service to Francis Marion University as he is retiring this year. 

 

President’s Report:

 

Fred Carter began by telling the Board that on the 29th of June a retirement party will be held for Dr. Heyward at Wallace House.  He thanked the faculty and staff for the continued increases in enrollment.  Also he praised the coaches and Murray Hartzler for one of the most successful years in the history of FMU athletics. 

 

Dr. Carter then discussed the tours of the Frank B. Lee Nursing Building and of the Grille that occurred the previous night saying that he believes the nursing building will be an example for other universities planning to build nursing facilities. He talked not only of current successes but of future building plans. In the fall, ground will be broken for the new Center for the Child.  In addition, construction for the Performing Arts Center will begin in the fall or early winter. Next year Francis Marion University should receive bond funding for the construction of the new Business and Education Center. Dr. Carter stated that he hopes the construction of this building will begin in 2007-08.  That same year more resident facilities will be added.  The Education and Business faculty will be moved out of Founders Hall into the new building so that Founders Hall can be renovated in subsequent years. Also, the new athletic facilities will be built within the next five years. 

Among numerous changes at the University, the one thing that isn’t changing is the quality of education. This year many faculty members are retiring but many more are being hired into new positions allowing for new ideas and change.   This process is bitter-sweet in that we lose old friends but gain new opportunities.  

 

Dr. Carter then thanked the Board for approving a pay increase for the faculty and staff that enables Francis Marion University to maintain quality people.  He concluded his report reminding by everyone of the Hanson Park Dedication and cookout following the meeting. 

 

Unfinished Business

 

No unfinished business

 

New Business

 

Mr. Jackson asked the Board members for input into the Agency Head Evaluation Report that must be filed every year.  He then reminded the Board members of the next quarterly Board Meeting, the Wampee Retreat on August 6th and 7th of this year.  

 

Executive Session

 

Mr. Williams requested an executive session.  The motion was seconded by Mr. James Brown. 

 

 

The Board reconvened after the executive session.

No action was taken during the executive session

 

The Board Meeting was adjourned at 12:25 pm.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Beasley Shortt

Secretary

 

Last Published: August 8, 2006 3:18 PM
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