BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Wampee Conference Center
Pinopolis, South Carolina
Monday, August 7, 2006 – 11:05 am – 11:17 am
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson Mrs. Teresa C. Anderson
Chairman Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Alex Kiriakides, III
Mr. Robert E. Lee (by phone)
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mrs. Gail N. Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt (by phone)
Dr. Ken Autrey, Chair of the Faculty
Mr. Garry Ballard, Executive Director of Communications Services
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Florence Morning News
Mr. Keith Best, Vice-Chair of the Faculty
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mrs. Libby Cooper, Director of Community Relations
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. Rebecca Flannagan, Secretary of the Faculty for 2005-2006
Mrs. Rachel Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President
Mrs. Brandie Hayes, Director of Alumni Affairs
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Mr. Bob Merritt, University Attorney
Dr. Duane Myers, Professor of History
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. Ken Jackson, Chairman of the Board, called the meeting to order at 11:05 am. Mr. Jackson 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 then asked Mrs. Rachel Hamaie to call the roll.
Mr. Jackson then brought the minutes of the June 2, 2006 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Frank Elmore made a motion that the minutes be approved. Mrs. Patricia Hartung seconded the motion. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Hartung presented Resolution 10-06, Approving the Francis Marion University Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education Program, to the Board for approval. Mrs. Hartung stated that this resolution was presented at the recommendation of the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee. She also stated that this resolution is in compliance with a requirement of the South Carolina Department of Education. Mrs. Hartung made a motion that the resolution be approved. Mrs. Gail Richardson seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. W. Coleman presented Resolution 11-06, Construction of Phase II Forest Villas Apartments, to the Board for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion that the resolution be approved. Mr. Elmore seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. Coleman presented Resolution 12-06, Conveyance of City of Florence and McLeod Health Properties, to the Board for approval. Mr. Coleman stated that the new Performing Arts Center will be built upon the property concerned in this resolution. Mr. Coleman made a motion that the resolution be approved. Mrs. Richardson seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Dr. Carter began his report by saying that during the meetings and discussion sessions at Wampee on August 6th and 7th most of the time had been spent developing the three themes that truly underscore the nature of Francis Marion University. First, there was discussion of how the University connects with the Florence Community with programs such as the Center for the Child and the Center of Excellence. Both of these programs help with the early and secondary education of children and further the nature of the University’s collaborative structure with the school districts. Also Dr. Rebecca Flannagan and Dr. Ken Autrey reported on the Swamp Fox Writing Project and the Pee Dee Fiction Festival as well as professional writing efforts to assist and further support the community literacy across the region. In addition the Provost spoke about several entrepreneurial programs to encourage FMU students’ involvement with and assimilation into the business environment across the Pee Dee.
Then, Dr. Carter outlined important points of the second theme: Building the University. Francis Marion University has expanded substantially over the past few years. This year the University is undertaking the development of the Center for the Child, a new phase of Villas, and it will break ground on the Performing Arts Center. The facility will likely be completed within eighteen months.
Lastly, Dr. Carter touched on the third theme of the Wampee Retreat: Educating the Community. Both of the first two themes underscore the third theme, that which the university does best, educating our region. Once again we find we are in the enviable position of providing the best education for the best price in South Carolina. Dr. Carter stated that he does not expect our commitment to this last theme to ever change.
No other business.
Mr. Jackson thanked the Board members and staff for coming to Wampee for the meeting. He also thanked everyone for their hard work. Mr. Jackson adjourned the meeting at 11:17 am.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt