BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, June 19, 2009 – 11:35 am –12:17pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman
Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Mr. James A. Brown
Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mrs. Laura S. Crowther
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mr. Edward S. Ervin, III, Member Emeritus
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News
Mr. D. Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Secretary of the Faculty & Professor of Theatre Arts
Mrs. Rachel R. Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. John R. Hester, Psychology Chair & Director of the Center for the Child
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Travis W. Knowles, Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate Programs
Dr. M. Barry O’Brien, Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Ms. Shayla Williams, SGA President
Mr. George McIntyre called the meeting to order at 11:35 am. He then asked Mrs. Rachel Hamaie to call the roll. 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 February 6, 2009 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. James Brown made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Robert Lee. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Dr. Randall Dozier began by presenting Resolution 01-09, Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Specialist in School Psychology Degree. He asked Dr. John Hester, chair of the Department of Psychology, to brief the Board on the contents of the resolution. Dr. Hester explained that until now, this program has been a 69 hour master’s degree. With the approval of this resolution, the master’s degree will be awarded earlier in the program and the specialist’s degree will be awarded with the completion of the program. The specialist’s degree will help in recruiting students, it will improve the perception of the program, and it will help students obtain higher paying positions, particularly in Georgia and North Carolina. Dr. Dozier moved that the Board of Trustees approve the resolution. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Laura Crowther. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
The committee received reports from Dr. Ken Kitts and Mr. Jim Schlimmer on University enrollment. At this point in the year, the projected enrollment for the Fall 2009 semester appears to be up when compared to last year at the same time. The first summer orientation was held June 10-11 and was larger than the first orientation held during summer 2008. The second orientation will be held June 25-26. With respect to accreditation, Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of the School of Business, reported that the Business School is on track for AACSB accreditation in Fall 2009.
Mr. Brown asked if the make-up or quality of new students is known. Dr. Kitts answered that approximately 40 new scholarship students have been admitted for the Fall. There is no change in the geographic breakdown. This freshmen class will be larger in size and better prepared as measured by GPA and SAT scores. These changes can be attributed to efforts by public relations and admissions as well as changes in the economy. Dr. Carter added that over the past 10 years there has been an increase of approximately 25% in students from parts of South Carolina outside of the Pee Dee.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Frank Elmore began by welcoming Mr. Julian Young as the new Director of Alumni Affairs. The brochures for the Campaign for Excellence that ended in December are available. NPLI finished its 7th year in operation with its largest class of 33 persons. Sixty percent of these persons came from communities outside of the Pee Dee. RALI completed its second year with the pilot counties of Marlboro, Williamsburg and Marion. It completed its first year in Dillon County. The Francis Marion University golf tournament was rain delayed and moved to April. It was a great success and raised $18, 000for the Pete Peterson Scholarship and the Foundation General Fund.
The committee also received updates on alumni events. There were between 175 and 200 Alumni who returned to campus for Homecoming. Dr. Kaye Lawrimore received the Morgan Coker Outstanding Alumna Award from the School of Business. There was a soccer alumni reunion in April. 41 players attended including an international player. The alumni association hosted a reception for the new graduates following commencement at The Cottage on May 9, 2009. There was also a nursing alumni reception at the Lee Nursing Building following commencement. There were 35 alumni who attended last month’s Patriot Power Lunch in Hartsville. The new Alumni Association Board Members have been elected with Mr. Paul Seward as President, Mr. James Herald as Vice-President and Latasha Brand as Secretary.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. McIntyre reported that the executive committee met but no action was taken.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Hal Campbell presented Resolution 02-09, Resolution for the naming of Allen Hall Beaty Hall, Cusac Hall, King Hall, Thigpen Hall and the Heyward Community Center at the Forest Villas Apartments and for the naming of the Hazelwood and Ward Sculpture Garden and the BB&T Amphitheater at the FMU Performing Arts Center, to the Board for approval with the recommendation of the Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Frank Elmore. The resolution was approved unanimously by the Board. Mr. Campbell then presented Resolution 03-09, Resolution to implement a Smoke-Free Campus Policy for Francis Marion University, to the Board with the recommendation of the committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Brown. It received unanimous approval by the Board. Mr. Campbell presented the third resolution, Resolution 04-09 for University Budget Approval, to the Board with the recommendation of the committee. Mr. McIntyre commented that this budget includes the lowest tuition increase in the past 10 years with no increases in food service or housing costs. This is in recognition of the economic hardships across the state. The budget also reflects approximately 20% in lost revenue due to state budget cuts. Mr. Elmore added that the increases in actual dollars were $139 for non- nursing students and $213 for the nursing students. Even with this increase FMU has the lowest tuition of any 4 year institution in this state. Mr. McIntyre then thanked the enrollment team and Mr. Jay Kispert and the financial team. Mr. W. Coleman seconded the motion. The resolution received the unanimous approval of the Board.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Lee introduced the new SGA President, Shayla Williams. He reminded the Board that Darryl Bridges will take over Mrs. Libby Cooper’s responsibilities. The group also discussed campus changes due to the new smoke-free campus. Mr. Hartzler presented information on funds raised by the athletic department and a successful year. Lastly, Mr. Lee read a letter from a parent reflecting favorably on the FMU baseball team.
Dr. Carter began by remarking that Mrs. Cooper will retire at the end of June as a full time FMU employee but will continue as a part time contractual employee to help with several FMU special events for the University such as Arts Alive and the International Festival. Mrs. Cooper has been an integral part of the FMU community for many years and her influence is seen and felt throughout the campus. He thanked her for her service. He then thanked the Board for conferring an honorary degree upon Libby in the Spring. Libby’s retirement means that more responsibilities will shift to Mr. Darryl Bridges who will handle both his responsibilities and Libby’s. This also puts additional responsibilities on Dean Teresa Ramey.
This has been an extraordinary year in South Carolina because of the nature of the reductions during the course of the year. In August the University was expecting a 2% budget cut. However, by the end of the year the University was actually facing a 27% cut. Had it not been for the Board, this could have been a very difficult year. Instead, this was a year marked by harmonious effort and a commonality of vision on this campus as well as the support and willingness to deal with sacrifice by the faculty and staff. In sum, at the beginning of the year, the university had the lowest tuition in the state, the highest in-state enrollment, the most diverse student population, strong academic programs, exceptional athletic programs and aggressive outreach programs. Twelve months later and 27% of the state appropriated budget dollars poorer, the university has the lowest tuition in the state, the highest in-state enrollment, the most diverse student population, strong academic programs, exceptional athletic programs, aggressive outreach programs, and a university community that is closer and purposely oriented than ever and curricular and outreach programs that are strategically placed to own the state in the next five years. The university hopes to be back to the Board with some exciting announcements pertaining to new academic programs, some new outreach initiatives, and hopefully the announcement of a substantial gift or two to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board that at the February meeting the nominating committee presented a slate of officers for July 2009-June 2011. Mr. McIntyre then called for nomination from the floor. Mr. Elmore made a motion for the nominations to be closed and for the officers to be elected by acclamation. Mr. Campbell seconded the motion. The following officers were elected:
Chairman: Mr. William W. Coleman
Vice-Chairman: Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Secretary: Mrs. Carolyn B. Shortt
Mr. McIntyre then asked for any Board members to provide input to him for the Agency Head Report if they wished to do so. He announced that he would be filing that report with the State Agency Head Commission in the next week.
Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board of the dedication of the new Forest Villas following the Board Meeting, the dedication of the Francis Marion Statue on August 25, 2009, the Staff Awards Luncheon on July 14, 2009, move-in day on August 22, 2009, and of the retreat on August 6-7 at The Cottage beginning at 2:30 pm. He then thanked the Board and the FMU faculty and staff for allowing him to serve the past two years. He wished Mr. Coleman, the new chair, the best of luck. Mr. Coleman then presented him with a plaque thanking him for his years of service.
Mr. Brown made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:17 pm.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt