BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Friday, November 9, 2012 – 11:30am –12:05 pm
Dr. H. Randall Dozier,Chairman
Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Mr. James A. Brown
Mr. William W. Coleman
Ms. Melissa Emery
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mr. W.C. Stanton
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
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. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
Dr. James R. Faulkenberry, Dean, School of Education and Professor of Education
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
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. Mac McLeod, Media Production/Instructional Technical Support
Dr. Ronald Miller, Director of Career Development
Ms. Ellen Meder, Morning News
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. Brad Wofford, Director of Institutional Technology & Electronic Media Service
Dr. H. Randall Dozier called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Dr. Dozier noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and that a quorum was present.
Dr. Dozier presented the minutes of the August 3, 2012 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Tracy Freeman made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Ken Jackson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Dr. Dozier noted that the Executive Committee met, and went into executive session to hear some issues related to a contractual matter and a legal matter. No action was required or taken.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mr. W. Coleman delivered the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee report and indicated that according to Dr. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, new freshman enrollment is up from last year. The total number of entering freshmen was 814 and the total enrollment for fall was 4,093 students. Mr. Coleman noted that the Admissions Office has added Greenville, SC to the guidance counselor breakfasts that are scheduled to be held in Columbia, Charleston, and Florence in October 2012. Mr. Coleman reported that the McNair Scholarship competition is well under way and it is expected that there will be over 150 applicants. Fourteen students will be chosen from the pool of applicants for the interview process that will be held on January 4, 2013. Mr. Coleman also announced that Ashley Owens joined the staff of the Office of Financial Assistance on November 1, 2012.
Mr. Coleman then presented for approval Resolution 06-12, Resolution for Approving a Revised Strategic Plan for Francis Marion University. Mr. Coleman moved that the Board of Trustees approve Resolution 06-12. Mr. Tracy Freeman seconded the motion. Dr. Fred Carter stated that there are two items that differ from the revised strategic plan that was presented and discussed at the August 2012 Board retreat. One item originated with the Board of Trustees and placed additional emphasis on the relationship between the University and area businesses. The second change came from the faculty leadership, Dr. Carter, and Dr. Chapman. This item strengthened the commitment to continue to work on compensation and benefits for faculty and staff. Following a brief discussion, a vote was taken and Resolution 06-12 received unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees.
Following a brief update on the status of the Family Nurse Practitioner and the Nurse Educator program, Mr. Coleman asked Dean Ron Faulkenberry to describe the recent National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) reaccreditation process. Dean Faulkenberry stated that the NCATE review is conducted by a team of experts in the field of teacher preparation and takes place every seven years. NCATE’s preliminary report showed that the FMU School of Education met all state and national standards with no areas of weakness or areas needing improvement. Dr. Faulkenberry thanked the faculty, administration and graduates of the School of Education for helping achieve a positive report. Mr. Coleman ended his committee report by congratulating the School of Education for the successful NCATE reaccreditation.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Tracy Freemen began his report by stating that the Education Foundation had their Board meeting on October 24, 2012. They reviewed a financial report and discussed other business related to operations. He stated that the board’s leadership continues with Buddy Brand, Chair; Toy Nettles, Vice Chair and Jane Huggins, Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Freeman then stated that the Scholarship Reception was held on October 25, 2012 and that the FMU Foundation Golf tournament will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Country Club of South Carolina.
Alumni Affairs Report:
Mr. Freeman stated that Mr. Julian Young gave a report on alumni events that took place in early fall 2012. Mr. Young stated that the Darlington – Hartsville Alumni Reception was hosted by Alumni Association President, Mr. James Harrell and Trustee Stephen Jones. It was held on September 6, 2012 in the Pavilion at Lawton Park in Hartsville. On September 13, 2012 the Alumni Association held an After Hours Alumni Reception at Southern Hops Brewing Company. It was well attended by alumni, faculty and staff. The Psychology Alumni Reception was held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at The Cottage. Megan Bryant Temple ’06 was presented the Professional Psychology Award for outstanding service in professional psychology and her many contributions to children, colleagues and the community. The Baseball Alumni weekend was held on October 6-7, 2012. The alumni were pleased to play a game in the new Griffin Athletic Complex. The Biology Alumni Award Reception was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Dr. John C. McKee ’77 was presented the Dr. John S. Boyce award.
Next, Mr. Freeman noted that the “Fall for FMU” Alumni Reception and Concert will be held on November 29, 2012 at 6:00 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are being sold at $10 each and can be purchased through the Alumni Affairs Office. The ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, one drink and a concert performed by the FMU Jazz Express. The Alumni Association annual membership dinner will be held on February 28, 2013 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The event begins with a reception followed by an awards ceremony.
Mr. Freeman then reported that Homecoming week will be February 11-16, 2013. The School of Education Award Reception will be held at The Cottage on February 12, 2013 and the School of Business Awards Breakfast will be held on February 15, 2013 at the FMU PAC. On the evening of February 15, 2013, the Alumni Association is hosting a reception and concert featuring the “Blue Dogs” at the FMU PAC. Tickets will be sold through the PAC box office.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre stated that the committee reviewed the University Budget Summary, which reflects activity of the first quarter. Mr. McIntyre noted that the University has collected approximately 62% of its budget income for this year and has expended 24% of the budgeted expenses. Mr. McIntyre stated that the headcount is up and reflects the increased constructional areas at FMU. He then noted that 87% of FMU students are receiving some form of Financial Assistance and that the Board is making all the efforts to find financial resources for FMU students.
Next, Mr. McIntyre reviewed the audit report that ended on June 30, 2012. He noted that it was a clean audit and that the auditor had no reservations concerning the financial statements at FMU. The auditor issued a clean opinion, and there were no findings of material inaccuracies. The audit firm proposed that no adjustments be made, and there were no incidents of noncompliance with accounting standards. Mr. McIntyre thanked and recognized the following FMU staff for their exemplary efforts: Mr. Kispert, Mr. Gus McDill, Cathy Swartz, Christal Bazen, Quentin Williams, Kim Ellisor, Ralph Davis and Eric Garris. He noted, for the record, that under Dr. Fred Carter’s presidency for 13 years, there have not been any major findings in accounting or audits.
Next, Mr. McIntyre gave a facilities update:
- Construction on the Performing Arts Center has been closed out.
- Construction on the Athletic Complex has been completed
- The Office Services building will be 3900 square feet and will handle the printing and mailing needs of the University.
- A contractor has been selected for the Office Services building with the expectation that the building will be completed in June or July of 2013.
Dr. Randy Dozier closed the report by commending the staff for getting through the difficult process smoothly.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn began by announcing updates and past events.
- New Director of Career Development: Ronald Miller, Ph.D.
- Student Involvement Fair: 57 student organizations and 11 non-profits participated.
- Leadership FMU – 22 students participating.
- “Wake Up” Event (BCM, SAA, Student Affairs and student organizations)
- Fall Career Fair. 45 Companies in attendance.
Mr. Gunn then announced the upcoming events:
- November 13, 2012 – Multicultural Advisory Board: Native American Heritage Program.
- November 19, 2012 – Leadership FMU Recognition Ceremony at 5:30 in the Hendrick Room of the Erving Dining Hall.
- January 17, 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at 6:30 in the Chapman Auditorium.
- January 25 – 26, 2013 – Dance Marathon benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at McLeod Children’s Hospital at the University Center.
Mr. Gunn stated that Cody Simpson, SGA President gave a Student Government Association Report about their upcoming activities:
Student Democrats, Student Republicans and the FMU NAACP chapter were responsible for producing an event on political awareness and how to get more people involved in student voter registration.
- SGA elections were held in October 2012; five freshman seats and two upper class seats were filled. Voter turnout was much higher than in previous elections.
- During the SGA annual trip to Columbia, Cody Simpson was elected governor of the student legislature for next year. Mr. Gunn noted that this is the first time an individual from FMU has held this position since 1979.
Next, Mr. Gunn noted that Mr. Murray Hartzler gave an update on Athletic Department events. Mr. Hartzler reported that the Soccer team, under the new coach Frank Pitt, had their best season in five years. They had a 7-9-1 season. The Men’s soccer team ended their season with a 5-9-2 record. The golf team concluded the fall season with four top ten finishes. FMU placed second best and tied for fifth place in the Western Carolinas Home and Garden intercollegiate tournament. The women’s basketball season starts on November 9, 2012 and the men’s basketball season starts a week later. Mr. Gunn announced that the men’s basketball coach, Mr. Gary Edwards, has assumed duties as the Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations. Lastly, Mr. Gunn reported that fundraising has been going well and that they are where they were last year or even beyond. He asked that anyone who has not joined the Swamp Fox Club to please do so.
Dr. Fred Carter added a few comments about Cody Simpson. He stated that over the last two years, Cody recruited, organized, developed, trained and led the delegations of the Columbia Student Legislature. It was an enormous amount of hard work on his part. He added that all of the students that participated deserve a tremendous amount of credit but the driving force behind this effort was Cody Simpson. Dr. Carter thanked Cody for his enthusiasm and enormous pride in FMU.
Dr. Carter began his report by expressing his excitement about having 814 students in the freshmen class. Then he congratulated Dr. Peter King, Mrs. Perry Wilson and the Admissions staff for their great work with regard to enrollment and record attendance at all 2012 open houses. Dr. Carter then referred to Trustee George McIntyre’s report by reiterating that 87% of FMU students are receiving financial assistance, and he encouraged the Trustees to continue to contribute to FMU and to encourage others to contribute. He stated that there is no greater gift that a man or woman can give than the gift of an education.
Then Dr. Carter reported that the Nurse Practitioner program will begin operations in January 2013, and discussions continue with the University of South Carolina about the Physicians’ Assistant (PA) Program. He stated that Dr. Kevin O’Kelly is working with the faculty on the PA program and making substantial headway. Dr. Carter expects that the agreement for the PA program to be finished within the next year followed by a starting date announcement for the program. Next, he stated that discussions are moving forward regarding third and fourth year medical students pursuing their clinical work their work in Florence. He explained that FMU is a part of a consortium hosting this effort along with McLeod, Carolinas and the University of South Carolina. He stated that FMU’s efforts are focused on two areas. The first area is being led by the Provost to complete the feasibility study by December 1, 2012. Shortly thereafter, there will be a meeting with the other three partners to develop a timeframe and a template for moving those initiatives forward. The second area of focus is raising funds for the Health Sciences building downtown and engaging in discussions with prospective donors. He stated that the building will cost around fifteen million dollars and be built in the vicinity of the Performing Arts Center. It will accommodate nurse practitioner students, physicians’ assistant students, and third and fourth year medical students from the USC School of Medicine.
Next, Dr. Carter complimented Mr. Kispert on the University audit and noted that in 13 years, there has not been a financial irregularity on an audit, a transaction, or a travel voucher. He commended the faculty and staff for their integrity. Then, he thanked the Chairman for passing the Strategic Plan resolution and noted that it is a blueprint for guiding the University’s actions for the next five to seven years. He asked the board to recall that they also considered the Master Facilities Plan in August 2012, and the revised version will be brought to the board for further discussion and review at the March 2013 meeting.
Dr. Carter announced that an Endowed Chair in Shared Governance will be created. He stated that the most important thing we do is produce quality academic programs that provide an education that is as substantial as any other in the state of South Carolina. Good academics come about because of good shared governance. He stated the the University will begin raising money for the endowment with the expectation that we would fill the chair beginning in the fall of 2014. He asked the board to consider that the chair, once filled, would be filled by the elected Chair of the Faculty. He asked the Board to also consider that the chair be named in honor of Dr. E. Lorraine de Montluzin, who has fought strenuously for shared governance. Finally, Dr. Carter thanked the Board on behalf of the faculty and staff for the clear, decisive and resolute leadership that they provide to this University.
No Unfinished Business
Dr. Dozier announced the Nominating Committee:
Ken Jackson, Chair;
George McIntyre; and
They have been asked to develop a slate of officers for the March 2013 meeting. The election for new officers will be held at the June 2013 meeting. Dr. Dozier then stated that those that are interested in serving should let a member of the Nominating Committee know.
Dr. Dozier made the motion to adjourn and Mr. Coleman seconded it. The Board adjourned at 12:10 pm.
L. Franklin Elmore