BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Friday, February 28, 2014 – 11:30am – 12:03pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
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. Floyd L. Keels
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Ms. Katherine B. Barnett, Administrative Coordinator – Graphic Design
Dr. Shirley Carr Bausmith, Dean of the School of Education & Associate Professor of Education
Mr. D. Keith Best, Associate Provost & Professor of Theatre Arts – Acting
Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, Chair of the Faculty & Professor of English
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Education Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Communications Director
Mrs. Kimberly Davis, Assistant Director of Institutional Research & HR Assistant
Dr. Larry Engelhardt, Secretary of the Faculty & Associate Professor of Physics
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
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
Mr. Dustin James, SGA 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 am. He then asked Mrs. Kimberly Davis to call the roll. Mr. McIntyre welcomed Reverend Mary Finklea to the Board of Trustees and stated that Mrs. Hartung and Mr. Stanton have an excused absence from the meeting. He then presented a plaque to Dr. Randall Dozier as recognition for his service as chairman.
Mr. McIntyre then noted 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 November 8, 2013 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mrs. Gail Richardson made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Frank Elmore. 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:
Mrs. Gail Richardson presented Resolution 01-04, Resolution for Approving the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program for approval. Mrs. Richardson made a motion for Resolution 01-04 to be approved. Mr. Frank Elmore seconded the motion. Resolution 01-04 received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mrs. Richardson then reported the following information:
- There are four new McNair Scholars who will be attending FMU in the fall of 2014.
- The Academic Affairs and Accreditation committee received 15 scholarly reports from Faculty.
- FMU will receive a NASA grant for science and planetariums. FMU was one of ten entities to receive the grant. The University will receive $780,000 over three years.
- The grant money will go towards the following programs:
- NASA Saturday in the Pee Dee for children on campus.
- The Dooley Planetarium will be updated.
Mrs. Richardson concluded her report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Freeman began by giving a Development report:
- Current fundraising activities include named scholarship requests, annual fund and phone-a-thons.
- Cody Simpson has joined the FMU Education Foundation staff to assist with fundraising efforts.
- Chairman’s Classic golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 14th at the Country Club of SC. The Swamp Fox Club Athletic Auction is scheduled for Thursday, March 13th at 6:30 in the PAC.
- Outreach programs – the Non-Profit Leadership Institute is concluding its 12th year with 29 participants completing the program in April. The Rural Leadership Institute continues to have positive results with Darlington County planning a community garden, Clarendon County establishing a mentoring program and Lee County raising funds to support a Boy’s and Girl’s club.
Mr. Freeman then gave an Alumni Report:
- The School of Education Alumni Awards Reception was held on February 18 and the award recipients included Amber M. Hekman, Roberta L. Olmstead, Marlene Williams, and Carol Holliday-Schweitz.
- The School of Business Alumni Awards Breakfast was held on February 21 at the PAC and Donald H. Lloyd II ’06 was announced as the Morgan B. Coker Outstanding Alumnus.
- Homecoming was held on February 22 and Alumni Affairs sponsored several activities, including an Alumni Booth, Patriot Fest, and a hospitality area. Participation was great at both the Patriot Fest and the ball games.
- The Alumni Association Awards Gala was held last night at the PAC. The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is Tim Norwood. Other award recipients included Heather Ammons Crawford, Renee Woodberry, Anita B. Brown, Charles Ross Berry, and Jeff Helton.
Mr. Freeman concluded his report.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Ken Jackson began by reviewing the quarterly budget summary and he noted that the budget is on track. Financial Assistance has increased to 87% of students who receive aid.
Mr. Jackson then gave a facilities update:
- The Joint Bond Committee approved phase one of the Health Sciences Building.
- The DOT is working on the design of the University Boulevard. It has been approved and funded.
- PAC Amphitheater stage cover is being constructed.
- Renovations are being made to the temporary Health Sciences Building until the permanent Heath Sciences building is constructed.
- There will be a picnic shelter constructed at the Athletic Complex to host cookouts and other events for athletes.
Mr. Jackson concluded his report.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn shared the following report on Student Affairs regarding updates and new initiatives:
- MLK Jr. Celebration: January 16, 2014 with speaker Representative Gilda Cobb – Hunter. The program was a joint project with the Florence Chamber.
- FMU Dance Marathon: The event was a success. This program served as the “kick off” event to their campaign to fundraise for the Children’s Miracle Network and McLeod Children’s Hospital. The campaign will conclude on April 8, 2014.
- Career Connections Program: This career focused seminar began its series on February 5th. It will run for 5 sessions and is coordinated by the Director of Career Development, Dr. Ronald Miller.
- Multicultural Affairs Events: The following events were sponsored by the Multicultural Advisory Board (faculty, staff & students).
- International Holocaust Remembrance Program – January 27, 2014; and
- “Gullah/Geechie: A Timeless Legacy” – February 3, 2014.
Mr. Gunn then listed upcoming events:
- March 13, 2014 – Miss FMU contest at 6:00pm in Chapman Auditorium;
- March 17 – 21, 2014 – Spring Break;
- April 15, 2014 – Student Life Awards at 4:00pm in the Palmetto Room; and
- May 2, 2014 – ROTC Commissioning at 9:00 am in the Thompson Auditorium.
Mr. Gunn reported that they heard from SGA President, Dustin James. He indicated that the SGA will continue to work diligently on the project involving the SC student legislature which will hold its spring session in early April at CCU.
Athletics Committee Report:
Mr. Gunn then gave an Athletics report:
- At Homecoming in February 2014, three time All-American women’s basketball player, Daphne Donnelly and long-time FMU cross country and track & field coach, Dr. Thomas M. Whiteley were inducted as the 40th and 41st members of the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
- A total of 113 student-athletes were named to FMU’s Swamp Fox Athletic –Academic Honor Roll for the 2013 fall semester. Honorees earned a 3.0 or higher GPA for the semester.
- FMU men’s tennis coach, Garth Thompson, registered his 300th career coaching win when the Patriots beat North Greenville University 6-1 on February 6, 2014.
- The women’s cross country team was named to the USTFCCCA list of All-American Teams for the 2013 season – the third such award in the past five years.
- Graduate student Evrik Gary scored 27 points in a 118-75 victory over Bluefield State College to move into second place on the Patriot men’s basketball career scoring list with 1,719 points. The squad has secured a place in the 2014 PBC Tournament in Columbus, Georgia.
- The volleyball team ended their season with a 21-9 record – the program’s first 20-win campaign since 2008 and head coach Paul MacDonald was named the conference coach of the Year.
- The athletic department’s annual Swamp Fox Club Live Benefit Auction is slated for March 13, 2014 at the PAC.
Mr. Gunn concluded his report.
Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:
- Dr. Beckie Flannagan was elected unanimously to a third term as Chair of the Faculty.
- Johnathan Edwards is the new legal counsel and also an alumnus.
- The Honorary Degree/Commencement Committee met and decided that Mayor Stephen Wukela (speaker), Mrs. Ellen Hamilton and Dr. Morgan Coker will receive honorary degrees at the spring 2014 commencement.
- The city is taking bids for the demolition of the Trust building. Construction of the Health Science building is on track to start in the summer of 2014. Trustees Jim Brown and Kevin O’Kelly have been very supportive in this effort.
- The Physician Assistant Program will begin in fall 2016. The House Ways & Means version of the budget now contains $500,000 appropriation for this program.
- Francis Marion day was on February 27, 2014.
- There was a lot of positive feedback on the Alumni Awards Dinner. Dr. Carter thanked Julian Young for the hard work. He noted that Tim Norwood was a very deserving recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award.
- The Morning News joined FMU in the recognition of the three Marion Medallion recipients:
- Henry Brunson
- Henry Badie
- Clyde Odom
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Mr. McIntyre stated that the new slate of officers assume their duties today and there is a vacancy in the office of Vice Chairman. Depending on the outcome of the election, a vacancy could also be created in the Secretary position. Mr. Robert Lee made a motion to elect Mr. Frank Elmore for Vice Chairman and Mr. Ken Jackson for Secretary. The motion was seconded by Mr. Stephen Jones. The motion received unanimous approval by the Board.
No New Business.
Mr. McIntyre invited the Board to attend a ceremony for honorary degree recipient, Mrs. Lucy Thrower, after the meeting.
Mr. McIntyre made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Mr. W. Coleman. The Board adjourned at 12:03 pm.
Kenneth W. Jackson