BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – 5:00 pm – 5:40 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
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., Member Emeritus
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
Mr. Thomas Brown, Student Worker – Instructional Technology and Electronic Media Services
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. Larry P. Engelhardt, Secretary of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Physics
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production and Web Design Coordinator
Mr. Curtis Graham, Camera Man for WBTW
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. William E. McLeod, Jr., Assistant Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services
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 and Dean of Students
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Reporter for Morning News
Mr. Samuel Smoot, SGA President
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Alissa Warters, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs

 

Mr. McIntyre called the meeting to order at 5:00 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 August 6, 2015, Board meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved, and the motion was seconded by Mrs. Richardson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.

Mr. McIntyre recognized Mr. Elmore who made a motion to revise the meeting agenda by moving the Executive Affairs Committee Report to item number six on the agenda.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jackson, and the Board gave unanimous approval.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

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

  • The Provost Search Committee has been organized and is reviewing applications for this position.
  • Total enrollment for Fall 2015 is 3947, which is a slight increase from 3944 in Fall 2014.
  • Enrollment for the Fall 2015 freshman class is 742.
  • 96% of the newly enrolled freshmen are from South Carolina, and 49% are from the Pee Dee Region.
  • 89% of the newly enrolled freshmen from South Carolina have HOPE, or LIFE, or Palmetto Fellows scholarships.
  • 87% of all undergraduates are receiving some type of financial aid.
  • The Admissions Office staff has been busy with CHE sponsored College Application Days at high schools around the state.  In addition, they are conducting individual FMU Interview Days at selected high schools.
  • 1600 applications have been received by the Admissions Office, and the staff continues to receive more each day.
  • Two Open House events have been planned for Fall 2015, and three are scheduled for Spring 2016.  The next one will take place on November 14.
  • High School Counselor Breakfasts in Columbia and Charleston were affected by the flooding that occurred in early October.  Alternate events have been arranged, with one being held in Columbia on November 13.
  • The Registrar’s Office has scheduled 961 classes for the Spring 2016 semester.
  • Plans for the Fall 2015 Commencement are currently underway.  At this point, there are 78 graduate students and 235 undergraduate students who are planning to graduate in December.  This is an increase of 48 from Fall 2014 Commencement.  In addition, 22 graduate students and 38 undergraduate students completed their degree requirements over the summer and can participate in Fall 2015 Commencement.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the FMU Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society has been named the Best Chapter in the Nation within our enrollment division.  They also competed with Best Chapter Award winners from other divisions for the Founders Award/The Nels Cleven Award and won that as well.
  • Dr. Larry Engelhardt and four of his collaborators from Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Minnesota were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide $1.2 million over the next four years (2015 – 2019).  The funding is for a project titled “Integrating Computation into Undergraduate Physics – A Faculty Development Approach to Community Transformation.”  Dr. Engelhardt has also authored two articles that were recently published in the American Journal of Physics.
  • In September, Dr. Tammy Pawloski was honored as the 2015 Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Champion for Youth.

Dr. Bunch then brought before the Board two resolutions which came from the committee with unanimous approval.  A motion was made by Dr. Bunch for approval of Resolution 04-15 for approving the School of Health Sciences.  Mr. Freeman seconded the motion, and the resolution received unanimous approval by the Board. He then made a motion for approval of Resolution 05-15 for approving the Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.  Dr. Dozier seconded the motion, and the resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

Dr. Bunch concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Coleman shared the following report with the Board:

Development:

  • Several new scholarships have been or are being established by donors.  These include scholarships by the Kalaritis, Floyd, Buyck, and Poston families.
  • Mr. Toy Nettles, who was serving as Vice-Chair of the FMU Foundation Board, recently passed away.  Mrs. James Harrell was installed to fill this vacant position.
  • A number of fundraising activities are taking place, including the annual fund drive, solicitations for academic scholarships and programs, and sponsorships.
  • Outreach Programs continue to thrive with the Non-Profit Leadership Institute entering its fourteenth year and the Rural Leadership Initiative providing many community enrichment projects across the Pee Dee Region.
  • The Performing Arts Center has a number of great shows scheduled, including the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass on November 8, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on November 13, and A Christmas Carol on December 18.

Alumni:

  • Homecoming will take place on February 6, and several new activities are planned for participants to enjoy.
  • The Alumni Office has a number of events scheduled, including the Annual Alumni Association Awards Dinner on February 25, the Foundation Golf Tournament on March 18, the Scholarship Reception for Donors and Recipients on March 29, and the Scholarship Gala on April 2.

Mr. Coleman concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

Dr. Dozier noted the following items in the Budget Summary Report:

  • All state appropriations for 2015-2016 have been received as of October 30.
  • Health Insurance Allocation Appropriations in the amount of $103,396 were received in September.  These funds are to cover the increase in health insurance fringe benefits for appropriation funded employees, which is almost 2/3 of FMU employees.  The university will bear the cost of the remaining 1/3, and it is incorporated into the initial budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.
  • Total anticipated revenue is budgeted at $85,928,449, and revenue received as of October 15 is $50,228,442.
  • General Fund Expenditures are at an expected level with approximately 30% of the budget expended and 71% of the year remaining as of October 15.
  • Total employee headcount is currently 495 and FTE is 441.61.  The four year change is 6 for headcount and 5.98 for FTE.
  • It is estimated that financial aid awards for fiscal year 2015-16 will be $2.4 million greater than the amount of awards for fiscal year 2014-15.  The increase is mainly due to the amount of student loans anticipated for 2015-16.
  • The percentage of undergraduates receiving financial aid for 2014-15 remained at 87%.
  • The university paid the $800 state bonus to employees on October 22.
  • The university was issued an unqualified opinion on its recent audit, which is the best opinion that can be received.  There were no deficiencies or instances of non-compliance noted.  Dr. Dozier commended all of the FMU staff who assisted with the audit for their outstanding work.

Dr. Dozier then gave the following update on facilities:

  • Construction of the new Center for Health Sciences began in May 2015 and is scheduled for completion in August 2016.  This facility will be three levels in height and 51,000 square feet in size.  It will house the MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner and MSN/Nurse Educator programs, the MS in Applied Psychology program, the new Physician Assistant program, and third- and fourth-year students from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  A total of $15.5 million in funding is available for the construction of the building.
  • The bookstore mall near the athletic complex has been torn down and cleared out, which enhances the view of that area of campus.

Dr. Dozier concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

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

Student Affairs:

  • The Student Government Association held its first Town Hall Forum with approximately 50 students in attendance.  There was a panel comprised of seven faculty members and one trustee that led discussions on different issues.  The SGA did all of the planning for this event, which included deciding what questions would be asked.  Based on the students’ response to the Town Hall Forum, it is very likely that another one will be held in the near future.
  • A Commuter Student Appreciation Event is scheduled for November 10.
  • Welcome Week was successful, with over 2000 students participating throughout the week’s events.
  • The opening session of Leadership FMU was held on September 21 with 36 students participating.
  • The Student Affairs Office and the Athletic Department collaborated to hold a Healthy Relationships Program on September 22.  Over 300 students participated in the event.
  • The Multicultural Advisory Board met on September 22.  Also, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Advisory Board collaborated to host the annual Hispanic Heritage Month program on September 14.  The guest speaker was photographer and lecturer, Jose Galvez.
  • The annual Student Leadership Reception, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Carter, was held at Wallace House on September 30.  More than 100 students attended the reception.
  • The Career Development Office held the Fall Career Fair on October 28.  Over 150 students attended, and 62 employers were represented

Athletics:

  • For the third consecutive year, the men’s soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.
  • Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Paul MacDonald, reached his 200th career coaching win.
  • The men’s golf team achieved two top-10 finishes while participating in five tournaments this fall.
  • The men’s basketball team will open its season on Friday, November 13.
  • For the first time, Francis Marion University will host the Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament May 11 – 15 on Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium.

Mr. Lee concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • Fall 2015 Commencement is scheduled for December 19, and the speaker will be Congressman Tom Rice.  He will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree along with Rannie Gamble, Administrative Manager/Senior Administrative Associate in the Provost Office, who will retire in December.
  • Since the Board has approved the resolution to establish a School of Health Sciences, the Provost will meet with the faculty of that school to determine if the search for a Dean will be internal or external.  If the faculty wishes to fill the position internally, the Provost will ask the School of Health Sciences faculty for specific recommendations on the internal appointment of a Dean, and then take the final recommendation to the President for approval.  If they wish to fill the position externally, an advertised search will be carried out.  Prior to the official start of the School of Health Sciences on July 1, 2016, the structure of the university budget will be changed by moving the Health Sciences departments from the College of Liberal Arts budget to the new School of Health Sciences budget.  Also, the new Dean will have signatory authority over financial transactions for the School of Health Sciences.  In addition, the elected faculty will amend the faculty bylaws regarding the composition of the Faculty Senate to properly reflect the establishment of the new School of Health Sciences.
  • The Provost Search Committee has been established and consists of the following members: Mr. Travis Knowles, Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, Mr. Jay Kispert, Mrs. Joyce Durant, Samuel Smoot, one faculty member from the School of Business, one faculty member from the School of Education, and two faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts.  They will recommend to the President three applicants to invite to campus for an interview which should occur by the middle of the spring.  As the interviews are scheduled, the Board members will be invited to come and meet the candidates during their visit to campus.
  • After the Virginia Tech shooting incident in 2007, campus security was enhanced by adding the Swamp Fox Alert System, a new emergency siren system, additional security cameras, additional police officers, and enhanced equipment and professional gear for the police officers.  The university continues to do annual reviews of campus security to determine improvements that are needed.  The most recent campus security improvement initiatives are to replace 200 classroom locks, expand the emergency siren system to include the Griffin Athletic Complex and the Pee Dee Education Center, and revise our memorandum of agreement with the City of Florence for police protection at the Performing Arts Center to include the new Center for Health Sciences.
  • In December, SLED will facilitate a law enforcement exercise on campus which will include the FMU Campus Police, the City of Florence Police Department, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the Florence County Emergency Medical Services, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  This is done periodically to ensure that the campus is prepared for an emergency situation should it occur.
  • The Provost and Chief Tarbell are making plans to invite law enforcement speakers to campus to talk about current safety trends.
  • People in the Pee Dee area are very excited about the new Speech Pathology Program because there is such a great need for it.  This program now has the approval of the faculty, Faculty Senate, and the Board.  In a recent budget meeting with the Governor’s staff, they also responded positively to the program.  Appreciation was extended to Senator Leatherman for his support of the Speech Pathology Program.
  • The Pee Dee Fiction Festival is being held on campus November 5 – 6.  Following the meeting, the Board members are invited to attend readings by the authors then a reception for the authors at The Cottage.

Dr. Carter concluded his report.

Unfinished Business:

Mr. McIntyre stated that the Executive Affairs Committee presented the following list of new officers for 2016 – 2017 at the August meeting for consideration by the Board with voting to follow at the November meeting.

Ken Jackson – Chair

Floyd Keels – Vice Chair

Eddie Gunn – Secretary

Mr. McIntyre asked that a motion be made to approve the list of officers.  Mr. Lee made a motion for approval of the new officers, and Dr. Dozier seconded the motion.  The list of officers received unanimous approval by the Board.

New Business:

Mr. McIntyre brought before the Board amended resolution 03-15 to approve the Naming of the Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences, W. Haigh Porter Auditorium, and Sompong Kraikit Medical Simulation Laboratory, which came from the Executive Affairs Committee with unanimous approval.  Mr. McIntyre made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. Freeman seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.

Mr. McIntyre stated that it is most appropriate to recognize Dr. Carter, Mr. Porter and Dr. Kraikit in this manner.  He also extended appreciation to Mr. Porter and Dr. Kraikit for their long-time support and contributions to the university and to Dr. Carter for his outstanding leadership over the past sixteen years.

Dr. Carter thanked the Board for being so generous to him and his family over the years.  He then said that it is a privilege to have his name linked to the Center for Health Sciences along with Mr. Porter and Dr. Kraikit because these two men have done so much for the community and the university.  Dr. Carter also thanked Senator Leatherman for what he has done to secure funding for this building and many other buildings on campus.

Mr. McIntyre concluded the meeting by congratulating the newly elected officers and stated that is has been a pleasure to serve as Chairman of the Board for the past two years.  Mr. McIntyre asked that a motion be made to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was made by Mr. Lee and seconded by Dr. Dozier.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,
William Edward Gunn
Secretary