BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Presiding:
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman

Present:
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Mr. Jody Bryson
Dr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
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. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson

Others Present:
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. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
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
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 5:00. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs 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 28, 2014 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. W. Coleman. 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. Hartung reported the following information:

  • Mrs. Trish Hartung reported that 562 new students have preregistered for the fall semester.
  • The PA program has received ACAP approval from the CHE and it has two more stages to go through before it receives final approval. Candidates are being interviewed for the Director of the PA program.
  • Through a competitive grant process, the CHE has awarded Francis Marion a new Center of Excellence — the Center of Excellence for College and Career Readiness.
  • Meanwhile, FMU’s Center of Excellence for Preparing Teachers of Children of Poverty is in its tenth year.

Mrs. Hartung concluded her report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Freeman began by giving a Development report:

  • The Foundation Board met on May 21st and Tim Norwood was elected to the Board. Slate of officers will remain the same with Buddy Brand as Chair, Toy Nettles as Vice-Chair, and Jane Huggins serving as Secretary/Treasurer.
  • The financial audit report for calendar year 2013 was presented by The Brittingham Group. The Foundation received an “unmodified opinion” (formerly called an unqualified opinion), which is the highest level of audit opinion and a positive one. The Foundation had $27,186.619 in total net assets at year end.  (compared to $24,221.794 for 2012).
  • The Francis Marion University Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament was held on March 14, 2014 at the Country Club of South Carolina.  We are grateful to the following lead sponsors that made it such a success:

Johnson Controls (Lead Sponsor)

Pinnacle Network Solutions

Sexton Dental Clinic

BB&T

Stifel

Crown Beverage Inc./Schipp Johnston

Pepsi-Cola/Frank Avent

The Yahnis Company/Byron Yahnis

The tournament net revenues were:  $22,251.00.

Non-Profit Leadership Institute (NPLI):

  • NPLI completed its 12th year of operation in April with 28 persons enrolled in the class of 2014. The origin of residence breakdown was 9 from the Pee Dee and 19 from outside the Pee Dee.  FMU continues to carry the reputation of being a statewide leader in non-profit experience and training.

Rural Leadership Institute:

  • In May the Rural Leadership Institute graduated 15 participants. The participants in the class from the following counties: Darlington, Clarendon, Lee, Marion, Dillon, and Williamsburg, Marlboro.
  • Clarendon County- “Operation Generation”
  • Clarendon County will be kicking off their” Operation Generation” August 2014. They have partnered with Clarendon School District 1.
  • Lee County- Boys and Girls Club
  • RLI Lee County hosted a Gala in May.
  • Chesterfield County- “Stop the Brain Freeze”; Promoting education “trade to non-college” graduates. They have 20 kids and 2 teachers.  The group is being funded through a grant from the Chesterfield Economic Development.
  • Darlington County- Community Garden
  • The Group is planning to open a Community Garden called “Darlington Grows” in August 2014.

Phone-a-thon on May 2014:

  • 112 Donors- 76 New donors
  •  Total Pledged $5,700
  • Additional phone-a-thons are scheduled for September, October and November.

FM Annual Fund:

  • The FM Annual Fund is half way through the Foundation calendar year and has experienced a 1% increase in donors since today’s date, June 26, 2013. With increases in Phone-a-thons, pledge reminders, and direct mailings throughout the second half of the year, we hope to see appreciable increases in the total number of donors and gifts.

Konduros Fisherman Donor Advised Fund:

  • The Konduros Fishermen Fund is in the final process of transferring funds to send to the Greenville Community Foundation.  The Fund is expected to be closed out by August 1, 2014.

Mr. Freeman then gave an Alumni Report:

Student Alumni Association:

  • 03/26/14 – Dr. Ronald Miller, Director of Career Development was guest speaker at the SAA monthly meeting.
  • 04/03/14 – SAA members participated in a road cleanup on Freedom Blvd.
  • 04/03/14 – Several members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors participated in a phone-a-thon to increase membership in the Association.
  • 04/03/14 – The Alumni Board of Directors held their regular meeting in Ervin Dining Hall – Guest presenters included representatives from Nationwide Affinity Programs and Balfour Rings.
  • 04/16/14 – SAA members held a Bake Sale on the steps of Leatherman Science Facility.
  • 05/03/14 – Commencement was held with a reception immediately following in the Cottage for graduates and their guests.  Approximately 150 attended.
  • 05/20/14 – Alumni Affairs sponsored a Washington, DC alumni reception at the Tortilla Coast Restaurant on The Hill.  Dr. David White hosted students and staff who travelled with him and alumni living in the area. .
  • 05/28/14 – A Patriot Power Luncheon was held at Arbor One for FMU alumni employed by the organization. VP Darrell Bridges, Julian Young, Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dr. Kay Lawrimore Belanger, Dr. Charles Carpenter, and Dr. Susan Peters attended from Francis Marion.  Dean O’Brien and his faculty members gave a presentation on the recent restructuring of the MBA program. Alumni Association President-elect Kathy Heustess is CEO of Arbor One.
  • 05/29/14 – The first meeting of the Young Alumni Advisory Council was held in The Cottage at 5:30 p.m.  The RedWolves provided tickets to a game immediately following.  Members of The Council are alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years. The Council will meet quarterly to discuss ways they can encourage young alumni to become more engaged with the University.  Social and professional networking opportunities will be held throughout the year and special projects will take place where members will volunteer their time and talents on and off campus.
  • 06/25/14 – Alumni Association BOD Executive Committee met to discuss and approve the new slate of board members for class of 2017.
  • The Alumni Association Membership has shown significant increases in all membership levels for period April 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014. Overall percentage of increase during that period was 37.4%.

Mr. Freeman concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

Mr. Ken Jackson began by noting that FTE’s are stable at 487. He then presented Resolution 02-14 for University Budget approval. Mr. Jackson made a motion for Resolution 02-14 to be approved. Mr. Tracy Freeman seconded the motion. Resolution 02-14 received unanimous approved by the Board.

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:

  • Patriot Day of Service – collaborative effort to rally students around the importance of service. The date is to be determined.
  • Dustin James was re-elected as Student Government Association president.
  • There were 17 camps on campus for the months of May and June.
  • August 16, 2014 is freshmen move- in day.

Athletics Committee Report:

Mr. Gunn then gave an Athletics report:

  • GPA for all student-athletes 2.91.
  • The Francis Marion University department of sports information was honored with the first Peach Belt Conference SID Staff of the Year honor on May 20 at the league’s annual meetings.
  • Francis Marion selected Jay Sparks as the 12th head coach in the storied history of the Patriot women’s basketball program.
  • The FMU women’s tennis team finished its 2014 campaign with a 15-7 record and a No. 24 national ranking. The Patriot women earned their eighth NCAA national tournament bid in the past nine seasons, and advanced to the regional title match for the eighth time in that span.
  • FMU tennis head coach Garth Thomson registered a pair of milestones in 2014.  He recorded his 300th career men’s tennis coaching win on Feb. 6 and his 300th career women’s tennis coaching win on April 16.
  •  FMU head Softball coach Stacey Vallee recorded her 300th career coaching win on March 23.

Mr. Gunn concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • He congratulated Michael Hawkins for winning the PBC award for best sports information officer.
  • He also complimented Garth Thomson and Stacey Vallee for achieving 300 wins in their respective sports and for their high graduation rates.
  • He thanked Senator Leatherman, Reps. Lowe, Crawford, Alexander, Branham and our entire delegation for appropriations totaling about 2.2 million, the highest among the comprehensive universities in South Carolina.
  • The Physician’s Assistant Program was funded this year at around $500K.
  • The University received 1.5 million for Founders Hall and Cauthen renovations.
  • FMU will receive roughly $390K for Technology and $300K in deferred maintenance for issues across campus.
  • Dr. Carter also recognized Daniel Dukes, FMU’s Legislative Liaison, for his effective in acquiring and sustaining our appropriations through the process.
  • He thanked the Board for supporting the 3.2% increase in tuition. He noted that there are additional costs that the university will have to absorb such as utility, supplies and services rates, increases in the state health insurance plan, the state mandated retirement increase and others that are required by federal regulation.
  • FMU still has one of the lowest tuition rates in SC.
  • Private fundraising is an important reason that tuition is so low. About $80 million dollars has been raised over the last 15 years. He thanked the FMU board and corporate partners for their efforts.

Dr. Carter concluded his report.

Unfinished Business:

No unfinished business.

New Business:

  • Mr. McIntyre stated that he will be completing the President’s evaluation soon. He invited Trustees to contact him if they would like to add any comments.
  • He announced that the Board meetings would go to the one day, Thursday format with a social after the Board meeting with the exception of the Retreat. It will remain on Thursday with the committee meetings and Board meeting on Friday.
  • Mr. McIntyre will be appointing new committees and he will have them for the August 7-8 retreat and meeting.

Mr. McIntyre ended his report with a presentation of a departing plaque for Trustee Jim Brown and thanked him for his 15 years of service.

Mr. McIntyre made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gail Richardson.  The Board adjourned at 5:30pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
Kenneth W. Jackson
Secretary