FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Board of Trustees honored two departing staff members during its quarterly meeting Friday (Nov. 9).
Julie Bush, who recently retired from her posts as director of enrollment management and associate provost, and Legislative Liaison Daniel Dukes, who will resign to pursue another career, received proclamations for their contributions to the university. FMU President Fred Carter and Board Chairman George W. McIntyre bestowed the honors.
“Julie and Daniel are both close, personal friends, and they have served this university well,” said Carter. “This is our way of recognizing their extraordinary and sustained accomplishments and expresses our appreciation for their dedication and commitment to Francis Marion.”
Bush, a native of Aiken, supervised the offices of admissions, advising and retention, registrar and financial assistance. She came to Francis Marion from USC Aiken in 2001.
“It is with mixed feelings I retire from Francis Marion,” said Bush. “As I move into this new phase of my life, the fond memories of my experience here will warm my heart.”
Dukes is a native of St. George and has handled governmental relations for FMU for the past four years.
“My biggest regret about stepping down is I will miss my friends at Francis Marion,” said Dukes. “I am eager to stay involved with the university in any capacity I can.”
Carter also announced at the meeting that James “Jim” McGee III will step in as the new legislative liaison at FMU. McGee is an attorney for Dusenbury, Snow & McGee, P.A. in Florence where he practices general law. Most notably, McGee was a member of the S.C. House of Representatives from 1997-2006. During his tenure, he served on the Ways and Means, Judiciary and Medical, Municipal, and Military Affairs committees. He was an adjunct professor at FMU in 1995.
McGee earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law after earning a bachelor of arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from USC in 1982. He majored in journalism and minored in criminal justice. Some may also remember McGee as the news anchor for WBTW-TV in Florence from 1983-1992.
“Jim McGee is ideally suited for this position,” said Carter. “He knows the legislature well and is trusted and respected by its leadership. He will be a wonderful addition to this university.”
McGee is married to Kathy Marie Shirley. They have one child, J.G. McGee, IV.
The trustees also authorized the university to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in music industry.
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in music industry must complete 122 credit hours to receive the degree. Students will be educated for positions in a highly diverse field that includes employment opportunities in publishing; marketing and management; product manufacturing and sales; and recording, production and broadcast. There are also entrepreneurial opportunities available in a growing number of areas related to music commerce, Carter added.
Moreover, the degree will provide a sufficient academic foundation for students to pursue additional or advanced degrees in traditional courses of study such as music performance, composition and education.
The trustees also passed a resolution approving the FMU Quality Enhancement Project as part of its decennial reaffirmation of accreditation for the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Schools.
The board will consider a request made by Carter to name the new baseball stadium scheduled to be completed in 2009-10 in honor of the Sparrow family.
In other business, Michael McShane, chairman of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, presented Carter with tokens of appreciation.
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