BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Friday, August 8, 2014 – 11:30 – 12:00

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
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson

Others Present:
Mr. D. Keith Best, Associate Provost & Professor of Theatre Arts – Acting
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
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
Dr. John R. Hester, Associate Provost and Director of the Center for the Child
Mrs. D. Ashley Jacobs, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Mac McLeod, Media Production/Instructional Technical Support
Ms. Ellen Meder, Reporter for Morning News
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
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration

 

Mr. George McIntyre called the meeting to order at 11:30. He asked Rev. Mary Finklea to give the invocation then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Mr. McIntyre noted that Mrs. Hartung and Dr. O’Kelly have excused absences.  He then 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 26, 2014, Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. W. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Dr. Dozier. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

Mr. McIntyre reported that the Executive Committee met and no action was taken.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Dr. Bunch reported the following information given to the committee in reports from Dr. Richard Chapman, Dr. Rebecca Flannagan and Dr. Peter King:

  • There are 15 new faculty members for Fall 2014.  An orientation, mentoring session, and reception have been held for the new faculty.
  •  Dr. James Hull has joined the FMU faculty to lead the Physician Assistant Program.
  • Student recruitment for the 2015-2016 academic year is going well.  The 2014 Freshmen class headcount is slightly below last year.  There is one more orientation session and open registration on August 18, and the Admissions Office will be working hard prior to that date to recruit additional new freshmen.
  • The Bridge program with Florence Darlington Technical College is being enhanced by offering a University Life course to these students and allowing them to live on campus.
  • 267 classes were offered during Summer 2014.  Also, 62 students completed requirements for graduation during the summer, bringing the total number of students graduating in the 2013-2014 academic year to 662.
  • The FMU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society advised by Dr. Chris Kennedy, has been voted the best chapter in the United States for the 5th consecutive year.
  • The Nursing department has received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to recruit veterans from health care organizations and associate degree programs to complete their BSN degree through the RN to BSN program.
  • Dr. Derek Jokisch participated in Higher Education Research Experience (HERE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during Summer 2014.  Dr. Jokisch was also offered a joint faculty appointment with ORNL for the upcoming academic year.
  • Faculty members continue to be involved in scholarly activities including writing journal articles and presenting papers at academic conferences.
  • Dr. Shirley Bausmith has secured grant funds from Project Create for the School of Education.

Dr. Bunch concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Coleman shared the following information reported to the committee by Mr. Darryl Bridges and Mr. Julian Young:

  • Fundraising is going extremely well.  Substantial gifts of cash and land, as well as investment returns, have led to a continued increase in assets.  Efforts remain focused on scholarships and strategies for sustained planned giving.
  • The Non Profit Leadership and Rural Leadership Institutes continue to grow.
  • In the near future, the Performing Arts Center will have concerts by Lyle Lovett, Amy Grant, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Also, the PAC has some upcoming plays including “Sister Act” and “A Christmas Carol.”
  • The Alumni Office is hosting Patriot Power Luncheons at local businesses that employ large numbers of FMU alumni.
  • The Alumni Association has the following new Board members:  Russell Connor, Pete Gioldasis, Christina Lawson, Chuck McLain, and Katie Wilcox.
  • The Young Alumni Advisory Council assisted returning students as they moved back on campus for Fall 2014 on August 17.

Mr. Coleman concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

Dr. Randy Dozier gave the following report from the committee meeting:

  • The committee discussed the Budget Summary, and noted that Summer II 2014 revenue exceeded expectations by approximately $40,000.  The increase was likely due, in part, to an increase in enrollment in the Nursing program which brought in revenue of approximately $59,000 equaling 41% of anticipated revenue.
  • Fall revenue collections have just begun and are at 81% of anticipated revenue, which is $11, 000,000.
  • General Fund expenditures are progressing as anticipated, with approximately 6% of our budget expended at this time.
  • Full-time employee headcount remains at 487, with FTE equaling 434.
  • Federal SEOG Grant funds increased by $22,000.
  • South Carolina Need Based Grant estimates increased by $165,000.
  • Total scholarships and aid is projected at $52,600,000.  This is an increase of approximately 2% from last year.
  • The total number of undergraduate students receiving financial aid remains at approximately 87%.
  • Current facilities projects were discussed including the new Health Sciences building, the new sound studio, highway improvements, and the new Honors complex.

Dr. Dozier concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

Mr. Robert E. Lee began by reporting on upcoming events from the Student Affairs given by Mrs. Teresa Ramey:

  • Freshmen Move-In: Saturday, August 16th from 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Welcome Week: August 17th – 22nd
  • International Student Orientation: August 18th
  • Student Involvement Fair: August 27th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Career Connections: September 3rd – October 18th
  • Leadership FMU Opening Session: September 15th
  • Career Fair: October 15th

Athletics Committee Report:

Mr. Lee then gave information on athletics from the report given by Mr. Murray Hartzler:

  • The student athletes have all received a Student Athlete Handbook and will sign a statement saying that they have received the handbook and understand they are bound by these regulations.
  • The Champs Life Seminars will be held for student athletes on August 20.  These sessions help them learn to succeed in academics while being a student athlete.

Mr. Lee concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • The Physician Assistant program is progressing very well.  The CHE Commission on Licensing and Academic Affairs approved the program on August 7.  Dr. Carter extended appreciation for the help that Senator Leatherman, Rep. Lowe, and Dr. Crawford gave in obtaining appropriations for this program.  Since the University has hired Dr. Hull as Director of the Physician Assistant program, there is someone in place to guide the university through the accreditation process for that program.  Soon, this program will join the Nurse Practitioner program as the second advanced care professional program.  These programs will help deal with many of the issues associated with rural health in the Pee Dee region.
  • The University is in the initial stages of developing and approving a Speech Pathology program.  Dr. Chapman, Dr. King, and Dr. Flannagan will guide the University through this process.  The goal is to begin the program in 2017.
  • A copy of a letter from President McConnell at the College of Charleston was distributed the Board members.  In this letter, President McConnell stated that he and Provost McGee would like to meet with Dr. Carter and Dr. Chapman in early Fall 2014 to discuss the possibility of offering cooperative programs in collaboration with the College of Charleston in 2015-2016.

Dr. Carter concluded his report.

Mr. McIntyre thanked Dr. Carter and everyone who helped put together a very informative Board retreat.  He also reminded the Board members that the next Board meeting date has been moved to November 6, and a new format will be used.  It will be a one day meeting and will begin in the afternoon with the committee meetings and conclude with the Board meeting.

Unfinished Business:

No unfinished business.

New Business:

No new business.

Mr. McIntyre asked that a motion be made to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was made by Mr. Jackson and seconded by Mr. Coleman.  The meeting was adjourned at 11:52 am.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Kenneth W. Jackson
Secretary