BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 4:35 pm – 5:00 pm

Presiding:
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman

Present:
Mr. Jody Bryson
Dr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Rev. Mary M. Finklea
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson

Others Present:
Dr. Shirley Bausmith, Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela Crosland, Director of Communications
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liasion
Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Library
Mr. Jonathan Edwards, General Counsel
Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
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
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Reporter for Morning News
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Alissa Warters, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Coordinator of Graduate Studies

 

Mr. McIntyre called the meeting to order at 4:35 pm.  He asked Rev. Finklea to give the invocation, and then asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll.  Mr. McIntyre 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. McIntyre presented the minutes of the June 25, 2015, Board meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Elmore made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Freeman. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

No committee meeting.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Dr. Bunch reported the following information that was shared with the committee:

  •  Eighteen new full-time faculty members will begin teaching at FMU in Fall 2015. A Faculty Advising Workshop will be held on the morning of August 21, and a New Faculty Orientation will be held that afternoon.
  •  Faculty members continue to be involved in research, presentation of papers at conferences, and writing articles for scholarly journals.
  •  Enrollment Management has implemented a new orientation schedule this summer.  Two over-night and two one-day orientation events were offered for new freshmen. Recruiting efforts are continuing with one remaining orientation session for new freshmen and transfer students scheduled for August 24.
  •  Enrollment for new freshmen is currently at 716, which is slightly lower than last year.  However, total enrollment is currently at 3360, which is an increase from last year of twenty-nine students.
  •  Development of a bridge program with Florence-Darlington Technical College is continuing.  We have eleven prospective students for Fall 2015, eight of which are planning to live on campus.
  •  There were 1196 students enrolled in 190 courses during the summer sessions.  In addition, there are sixty-six students (forty-three undergraduate and twenty-three graduate) that should complete degree requirements when the summer sessions end on August 12.
  •  Eighteen graduate students in the School of Education will complete their student teaching semester and receive a M.A.T. degree in Learning Disabilities in December 2015. Thirteen of these students were participants in our first almost completely online cohort, which was fully funded by the SC CREATE Program.
  • The new Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration should receive approval from the Commission on Higher Education on September 3.

Dr. Bunch concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Coleman shared the following report with the Board:

Development:

  • The number of gifts for 2014-15 was 2,713.  This is a 16.1% increase over the number of gifts for 2013-14, which equaled 2,336.
  • The number of new donors to the Annual Fund increased from 275 in 2013-14 to 594 in 2014-15, which is an increase of 116%
  • Outreach Programs continue to thrive with the Non-Profit Leadership Institute beginning its fourteenth year in September.  Also, participants in the Rural Leadership Initiative continue to be involved in many community enrichment programs throughout the Pee Dee area.
  • The Performing Arts Center continues to have wonderful shows, and an exciting line-up of artists is scheduled for the Fall 2015 season.

Alumni:

  • Craig Bailey was inducted on August 1 as the new Alumni Association President.  There will be a planning retreat for the new Alumni Association Board members in August.
  • The Alumni Office has a number of activities coming up which include alumni awards receptions for various academic areas and the Annual Alumni Association Awards which is schedule for February 25, 2016.
  • There have been six Patriot Power Luncheons held during the past year with a total of 125 alumni in attendance.

Mr. Coleman concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

Dr. Randy Dozier noted the following information in the Budget Summary Report for June 2015:

  • Total Anticipated Revenue for 2015-16 is $83,325,287, with YTD Revenue Received equaling $7,500,184.
  • General Fund Expenditures are at an expected level, with approximately 8.12% of the budget expended at the time of the report.
  • Total employee headcount is currently at 487 and FTE at 437.30.  There is a four-year change of 2 in headcount and 1.67 in FTE.
  • A total of $51,071,575 in financial aid was awarded during 2014-15.
  • It is estimated that financial aid awards for 2015-16 will be approximately $53.4 million, which is an increase of $2.4 million over last year.  The increase is largely attributed to an expected increase in student loans.
  • The percentage of total undergraduates that received financial assistance for 2014-15 remained at 87%.

Dr. Dozier then gave the following update on facilities:

  • Construction of the Health Sciences Building is progressing very well.
  • At the end of June, Aramark became the new dining services vendor.  In addition to the change in management, there will be a Subway in The Grille and a Starbucks in the lobby area outside of Lowrimore Auditorium.  Construction on both of these new dining venues is currently in progress.
  • Over the course of the summer, custodial and maintenance workers have been busy with the annual inspection and repair of the apartments and dormitories.  That work has been completed, and the facilities are ready for student occupancy.

Dr. Dozier concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

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

Student Affairs:

  • The Student Affairs Office will be focusing on the following issues this academic year:  Civility, Diversity/Inclusion, and enhancing the Commuter Student experience.
  • The Student Affairs website has been upgraded by making all forms and information accessible online.
  • Student Affairs and Academic Affairs are collaborating to create a Graduate Student Council which will hopefully increase graduate student involvement on campus.
  • Student Affairs and the Student Government Association will be reviewing the Student Handbook and Honor Code and revising as necessary.
  • The Student Government Association has five senate seats open for new freshmen this fall.

Athletics:

  • For the fourth consecutive year, the university will be hosting the Peach Belt Conference Tennis Tournament on April 22 – 24, 2016.
  • The Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be hosted at FMU on May 11 – 14, 2016.
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Reghan Boehmke, and three students attended an NCAA conference on substance abuse.  They presented the FMU Substance Abuse Policies which were acknowledged as one of the most thorough at the conference.
  • Coaches continue to work closely with the student athletes regarding academic eligibility and being successful in the classroom.

Mr. Lee concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • Appreciation was extended to the Board members for their participation in the retreat.
  • The university will continue to develop health science programs.  Over the next few years, proposals will be brought forward for degrees in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing practice (doctoral).
  • In the near future, the university will begin planning for a second engineering degree.  The first step in this process will be to consult with local businesses and industries to determine which engineering specialty will be of greatest benefit to this region.
  • During the 2015-16 year, the university will make three requests for state funding: $3.2 million in non-recurring funds to build an Honors Learning Center; $21 million in non-recurring funds to construct a building for the Schools of Business and Education; and $675,000 in recurring funds to support the speech therapy program.

Dr. Carter concluded his report by reminding the Board members of the dinner at the Country Club of South Carolina immediately following the meeting.  The university will recognize CCSC for its continued support of FMU athletics.  FMU coaches will attend and give a brief overview of the upcoming season for their respective sports.

Unfinished Business:

No unfinished business.

New Business:

Mr. McIntyre recognized Mr. Lee to give a report from the Nominating Committee.  Mr. Lee stated that the committee, which also includes Dr. Dozier and Dr. Bunch, unanimously recommends the following list of officers to the Board for consideration.  The list of candidates will be voted on at the November 5, 2015 meeting.

Ken Jackson – Chair

Floyd Keels – Vice Chair

Eddie Gunn – Secretary

Executive Session:

No Executive Session needed.

Mr. McIntyre asked that a motion be made to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was made by Dr. Coleman and seconded by Mr. Jackson.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Kenneth W. Jackson
Secretary