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Minutes

February 2, 2007
Minutes

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY

 

Francis Marion University

President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building

Friday, February 2, 2007 – 11:30 am –12:12pm

 

Presiding:                                                                      Present:

 

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

Chairman                                                          Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.

Mr. T. Hal Campbell

Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.

Dr. H. Randall Dozier

Mr. William M. Ellen

Mr. L. Franklin Elmore (call in)

                                                                        Mrs. Melissa J. Emery

                                                                        Mr. Edward S. Ervin, III

                                                                            Member Emeritus

                                                                        Mr. Alex Kiriakides, III (call in)

                                                                        Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

                                                                            Member Emeritus

                                                                        Mr. Robert E. Lee

Mr. George C. McIntyre

                                                                        Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson

                                                                        Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt

                                                                        Mr. W. C. Stanton        

Others Present:

Dr. Kenneth M. Autrey, Chair of the Faculty

Ms. Kathryn G. Andrews, Director of Publications and Marketing

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

Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News

Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs

Ms. Julie J. Bush, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

Dr. L. Fred Carter, President

Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost

Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Director of Community Relations

Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator

Mrs. Kimberly G. Davis, Assistant Director of Institutional Research & Human Resources Assistant

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

Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison

Dr. James R. Faulkenberry, Dean of the School of Education

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

Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics

Mrs. Brandie O. Hayes, Director of Alumni Affairs

Dr. John R. Hester, Chair of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Child

Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs

Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost

Mr. Robert E. Merritt, University Attorney

Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students

Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration

 

 

Mr. Kenneth Jackson called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. He then asked Mrs. Rachel Ray-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 November 17, 2006 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Dr. Randall Dozier 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.

 

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

 

Dr. Dozier began by thanking the faculty and staff for the information they presented in the morning committee meeting. The Faculty Governance report, presented by Dr. Ken Autrey, included discussion of the M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science, which is a special arrangement with the Medical University of South Carolina; approval by CHE of the degree program in middle school education; and changes in the criminal justice concentration in Sociology. In addition, a new degree program in Music is being developed by the Department of Fine Arts. The Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee also received an update on international programs. Dr. Dozier reminded the members of the Board that a luncheon honoring two new Trustees’ Research Scholars, Dr. Jeff Camper and Dr. Scott Kaufman, would take place immediately following the Board meeting. 

 

Dr. Dozier then turned to the enrollment report, which indicated that as of February 1, 2007, there are 3172 students registered for the Spring 2007 Semester. At present, 245 students are expected to receive degrees at Spring Commencement. There are approximately 1880 applications for the 2007-2008 academic year. Currently 1117 students have been admitted for a 17.8% increase in freshman applications and a 6% increase in acceptances.

 

There were two open houses in the fall and there will be two in the spring: The first will be held on February 17, 2007, the same date as Homecoming, and the second will be held on March 24, 2007, the same date as Arts Alive. Summer Orientations for 2007 will occur on June 7-8, June 21-22, July 12-13, August 7, and August 20.

 

Currently, 2792 students have been awarded financial assistance for the Spring of 2007 totaling approximately 15 million dollars in financial assistance. 

 

Dr. Dozier then presented Resolution 01-07 to the Board for Approval. This resolution grants approval to the FMU Mission Statement. Dr. Dozier read the resolution aloud for the Board and explained that the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee recommended approval of the resolution. The motion to approve the resolution was seconded by Sen. Hugh Leatherman. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Sen. Leatherman then asked for clarification regarding some of the information presented in Dr. Dozier’s report. Dr. Dozier reported the enrollment as 3172. Sen. Leatherman asked if this was a decrease from previous enrollment numbers above 4000. Dr. Fred Carter and Ms. Julie Bush explained that the number Dr. Dozier reported does not include enrollment in contract courses. The total Fall 2006 enrollment, including all students, was 4075. Sen. Leatherman then requested more detailed information on the financial aid monies provided to students for the Spring 2007 semester. Ms. Bush provided him with a detailed breakdown of these funds.

 

Dr. Dozier then asked Dr. John Hester to present a report on the Center for the Child.

 

Dr. Carter introduced Dr. Hester, the Chair of Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Child. Dr. Hester presented floor plans for the center which will serve approximately 112 children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years. This will provide child care and child development opportunities FMU students, faculty, and staff as well as the Pee Dee community. 

 

Dr. Hester then described the floor plans for the Center. There will be two classrooms in the center where classes will be taught to both psychology students and education students. Many early childhood classes will be taught entirely at the Center, where students will be able to observe children through one way glass without their presence disturbing the normal routine of the children’s days. In addition some faculty offices will be in the Center. Also, there will be a developmental clinic for pre-school children. This will provide for both training and service. Clinical and school psychology graduate students will be trained here. There are 4 rooms each with an observation room for professors to observe and train their students. This clinic will be used to diagnose developmental delays and provide intervention. There will also be an office for a visiting scholar. In addition, there will be office space for community outreach programs, which hopefully in the future will be able to travel offsite throughout the Pee Dee as well as bring members of the Pee Dee to the Center

 

Sen. Leatherman then asked about the anticipated completion date for the Center for the Child. Dr. Carter then gave a tentative schedule of the construction under an optimal time frame. The University expects to receive and accept the final plans for bid quality specs for the Center by the end of the week. Then, the University will go to the market for bids in April or May of 2007. This facility is expected to be completed in late spring 2008 and operational in August 2008. Sen. Leatherman then asked if the monies for the Center are sufficient at this time. Dr. Carter confirmed that there are enough funds to construct and run the Center for the Child. 

 

Development and Alumni Committee:

 

Mr. Hal Campbell began with the Alumni report. There was a record crowd February 1, 2007 of about 200 people for the Alumni Awards Dinner. There were three award recipients. Rev. Terry Alexander received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Mr. Ricky Cox received the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award and Mr. Paul Seward was named the Alumni Volunteer of the Year.

 

Mr. Campbell then reminded the Board that Homecoming will take place on February 17, 2007.

The School of Business Alumni Breakfast will occur on February 16, 2007. The First Nursing School Alumni Event will occur this spring.

 

Next, Mr. Campbell reported on the Development Committee. He reported that there are a few new scholarships, including The Nabila F. Bishara Memorial Nursing Scholarship and the Sompong & Suwanee Kraikit Scholarship. Also, the annual Francis Marion University Golf Tournament will take place this year on March 16, 2007.

 

To date the Capital Campaign has raised $34,700,000 in pledges and gifts to the Foundation. 

 

Dr. Carter then spoke about the Sompong & Suwannee Kraikit Scholarship. He explained that Dr. Kraikit served as the Foundation Board Chairman for many years. In addition, he encouraged all of his contacts within in the medical profession in South Carolina to contribute to the betterment of Francis Marion University. Moreover, the Kraikits gave generously of their own funds. He asked the Board to thank the Kraikits, two adopted alumni of FMU who have a genuine love of education, for their support.

 

Executive Affairs Committee:

 

Mr. Jackson began by reminding the Board that Resolution 13-06, Resolution for the Naming of the Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child, was first presented to the Board in November of 2006 for consideration. He then read the Resolution aloud to the Board and presented a motion for approval. Dr. Dozier seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

 

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

 

Mr. Robert Lee began by bringing two resolutions to the Board with unanimous recommendation from the Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee. First he presented the motion to approve Resolution 02-07, Resolution for the Adjustment of the Student Activity Fee. Dr. Dozier seconded the motion. Next, Mr. Lee presented a motion to approve Resolution 03-07, Resolution for the Adjustment of Housing and Dining Services Fees. Mr. Bill Ellen seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board. Mr. Lee then reiterated that, regardless of these increases, FMU is well below the cost of similar institutions.

 

Mr. Lee then asked the Board to look at the current University Budget Summary. He asked the Board to note that though the University is half way through the fiscal year, only 48% of the budget has been expended. 

 

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

 

Mr. Ellen began by thanking those persons who presented information to the Committee in the morning meeting. He summarized a report given by Mr. Murray Hartzler who reported that Athletic Fundraising is doing well. Also, he reported that Coach Edwards, the basketball coach has been very helpful with these efforts in the community. The student athlete average GPA is currently 2.8 which is above the average student GPA of 2.3.   Furthermore, the cross country and track team received recognition as Academic All Americans with a GPA of 3.138. In addition, the women’s soccer team ranked 30th of 600 schools in Division I, II, and III schools.

 

The baseball season begins February 3, 2007 at 12:00. They are currently ranked 6th nationally. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. 9th Annual Event co-sponsored by the Florence Chamber of Commerce was very successful this year. Spirit week will begin February 12, 2007 and end with Homecoming on February 17, 2007. There will also be a Career Month and a Job Fair in which 75 area employers will participate. Two new programs, the Civility Project and Leadership FMU, will begin soon as well. 

 

President’s Report:

 

Dr. Carter began by acknowledging that Ms. Angela Crosland, who for years covered the University for the Morning News, now works for the University. He then recognized Sen. Leatherman for all of his support of the University and the Pee Dee.

 

Dr. Carter then articulated the numerous contributions of various members of the University community; to include Dr. Chapman, Mr. Kispert, Mr. Dowd, Dr. Wages, Ms. Cooper, Dr. Autrey and Mr. Hartzler. 

 

He then praised other members of the FMU community, especially the faculty members who work with their students extensively inside and outside of the classroom. Finally, Dr. Carter praised the contributions of custodial workers, grounds crews, and all of those people who help to maintain the FMU campus. He emphasized that all of these people have a genuine love for the University.

 

Unfinished Business

 

No unfinished business

 

New Business

 

Mrs. Gail Richardson offered the following recommendations from the nominating committee to be considered by the Board:

 

Chair ------------------Mr. George C. McIntyre

Vice-Chair----------- Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.

Secretary-------------Mrs. Carolyn B. Shortt

 

Executive Session

 

No Executive Session

 

Mr. Jackson reminded the Board of the Board Scholars Luncheon at 12:30 in the Palmetto Room. He then adjourned the meeting. 

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Beasley Shortt

Secretary

Last Published: June 13, 2007 10:41 AM
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