BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences, Conference Room 239
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 5:55 pm

Presiding:
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson, Chairman

Present:
Mr. Jody Bryson
Dr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. Benjamin I. Duncan, II
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore

Others Present:
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Mr. Thomas Brown, Student Worker – Instructional Technology and Electronic Media Services
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Library
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production and Web Design Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Dr. Karen Fries, Secretary of the Faculty and Assistant Professor of Education
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. Tracy Meetze Holcombe, Associate Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Christopher M. Kennedy, Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Programs
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Peter King, Provost
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Executive Director of Public Affairs
Ms. Freddricka Pressley, SGA President
Dr. Hari K. Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Management
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Reporter for Morning News
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Alissa Warters, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving

 

Mr. Jackson called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm, and then he asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll.  He stated for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and that a quorum was present.

Mr. Jackson presented the minutes of the June 23, 2016, board meeting to the board for approval.  Mr. Lee made a motion for the minutes to be approved, and the motion was seconded by Dr. Dozier. The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

The committee did not meet.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Mr. Moore reported the following information that was shared with the committee:

  • A New Faculty Orientation will be held on August 19 for 24 new faculty members for Fall 2016.  In addition, a New Faculty Mentor Luncheon will be held on August 22.
  • Enrollment Management has been busy with orientations and registrations for new freshmen.   Currently there are 703 new freshmen enrolled for Fall 2016, and the final total is expected to be comparable to the figure for Fall 2015.
  • Overall enrollment for Fall 2016 is currently 3396, which is a slight increase from this time last year.
  • There were 1366 students enrolled and 161 courses offered during the 2016 summer sessions.  In addition, there are 59 students (44 undergraduate and 15 graduate) that should complete degree requirements when the summer sessions end on August 11.
  • Dr. Ruth Wittman-Price, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, has been awarded the following grants:
  1. Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students from the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Award: $2,265,457 over a 4 year period (2016-2020).
  2. Nurse Faculty Loan Program from the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Award: $75,452 per year indefinitely.
  • The nursing program has recently been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing by the National League for Nursing.

Mr. Moore concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Elmore shared the following report with the board:

Development:

  • Upcoming Education Foundation events are as follows:
  1. The Swamp Fox Auction – March 23, 2017.
  2. Scholarship Donor/Recipient Reception – March 28, 2017.
  3. Chairman’s Classic Golf Tournament – April 7, 2017.
  • The Non-Profit Leadership Institute begins its fifteenth year in September.  Since NPLI began in 2002, 384 leaders from over 220 non-profit organizations in South Carolina have participated in this program.
  • The university is partnering with Coastal Carolina University, the College of Charleston, and the Lake City Partnership Council to offer a Local Government Leadership Institute.  This program will provide eleven days of training beginning in September 2016 and ending in April 2017.
  • Arts International is scheduled for April 8, 2017 in downtown Florence and is being presented jointly by FMU and the City of Florence.
  • During 2015-16, over 30,000 people participated in more than 200 performances and events at the Performing Arts Center.  Performances scheduled thus far for 2016 include the Vandellas (September 23), the Doo Wop Project (October 13), and the Grass Roots Project (November 19).  In addition, the Duke Energy Foundation is once again sponsoring the Duke Energy Children’s Series at the PAC.

Alumni:

  • Mr. Craig Bailey is serving his second term as president of the Alumni Association.
  • Eight Alumni Association chapters are being established across the state.  Alumni events are being scheduled this fall for the Pee Dee, Midlands, and Upstate areas.
  • The Young Alumni Advisory Council is busy hosting events in the Pee Dee area.  They also plan to provide welcome kits to new freshmen moving into campus housing this fall.
  • A Welcome to FMU social for new freshmen will be hosted by the Student Alumni Association during Welcome Week.
  • Dates for upcoming alumni events are as follows:
  1. Biology Alumni Award Reception – October 4, 2016 (6:00 pm at The Cottage)
  2. Psychology Alumni Award Reception – October 24, 2016 (6:00 pm at The Cottage)
  3. School of Education Alumni Award Reception – February 7, 2017 (6:00 pm at The Cottage)
  4. Business Alumni Leadership Award Breakfast – February 10, 2017 (7:45 am at PAC)
  5. Homecoming is scheduled for February 11, 2017.
  6. Annual Alumni Association Awards – March 2, 2017 (6:00 pm at the PAC)

Mr. Elmore concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

Mr. Jones shared the following information from the committee meeting:

Budget Summary Report:

  • Summer II 2016 tuition revenues exceeded budget expectations by $170,415, which is due to an increase in enrollment for undergraduates and nursing graduate students.
  • The university is beginning to receive revenues for the fall semester, and it is expected that collection of this revenue will be completed by the November board meeting.
  • Though state appropriations for 2016-17 were not received as of the report date, we have subsequently received most of the appropriations with the exception of the pay plan reimbursement, health insurance allocation, and retirement allocation.  The remaining appropriations should be received within the next two months.
  • Current employee headcount is 493, and FTE is 439.86.  The four year change is 6 for headcount and 5.70 for FTE.
  • Total financial aid for the 2016-17 fiscal year is estimated to be $52,546,820 which is comparable to total financial aid for last year equaling $52,195,706.  The percentage of undergraduate students that receive financial aid remains at 87%.

Facilities:

  • Appreciation was extended to Mr. Kispert and his staff for their efforts in bringing the Carter Center for Health Sciences building project to completion.

Mr. Jones concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

Mr. Bryson presented the following information reported to the committee:

Student Affairs:

  • Upcoming Student Affairs events are as follows:
  1. New Freshmen Move-In – August 20, 2016
  2. Student Welcome Week – August 20 – 25, 2016
  3. International Student Orientation – August 22, 2016
  4. Student Involvement Fair – September 8, 2016
  5. Leadership FMU Program – September 19 – November 21, 2016
  6. Student Leadership Reception – September 28, 2016
  • Student Affairs is implementing a new program called Dialogues Project which is designed to facilitate discussions about diversity among students.  In preparing for this program, approximately 20 students will attend a Diversity and Inclusion Conference at the College of Charleston on September 17, 2016.
  • The renovation of the Student Government Association office is now complete.
  • The SGA has worked closely with Dining Services to prepare a new Catering Guide for student organizations which will feature menus and prices that are student friendly.
  • Color printing for student organizations will be available in the SGA office effective September 6, 2016.
  • Upcoming SGA events are as follows:
  1. SGA Executive Officer Training – August 17, 2016
  2. Welcome Back Pool Party – August 21, 2016
  3. SGA Student Senate Training – August 25, 2016

Athletics:

  • Athletic Director, Murray Hartzler, provided committee members with a copy of the Student Athlete Handbook and a copy of all forms that our athletes must complete before attending a practice.
  • The Champs Life Seminars, scheduled for August 31, help the student athletes learn to succeed in academics as well as athletics.
  • Impressive accomplishments of our student athletes during 2015-16 are as follows:
  1. 2 student athletes were named as All-Americans.
  2. 11 student athletes were named as Academic All-Americans.
  3. The women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, and men’s golf teams received national academic awards.
  4. FMU student athletes completed 21 community service projects.
  5. The women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, and men’s cross country teams participated in NCAA post-season tournaments.  Also, the women’s tennis, men’s tennis, and women’s basketball teams finished the season nationally ranked.

Mr. Bryson concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • The Center for Academic Success and Advisement (CASA) will open in Fall 2016 and will provide tutoring and advisement services to FMU students needing additional academic assistance.
  • The Speech Pathology program is scheduled to be brought before CHE for approval at its meeting on October 6.
  • The Department of Nursing will present a proposal for a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program to the faculty this fall.
  • A proposal for a Bachelor Degree in Recreational Therapy will be presented to the faculty this year.
  • Once the Industrial Engineering program receives accreditation this year, serious consideration will be given to adding a new Mechanical Engineering program.
  • The university hopes to complete funding and begin architectural work for the new Honors Center this year.

Dr. Carter concluded his report.

Unfinished Business:

None

New Business:

None

Executive Session:

Not needed

Mr. Jackson reminded the board of the Redwolves game at 6:30 pm, and then he adjourned the meeting at 5:55 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
William Edward Gunn
Secretary