FLORENCE---The Francis Marion University Board of Trustees approved a revised mission statement for the university during its quarterly meeting Friday (Feb. 2).
The mission statement is more condensed than the previous version and primarily addresses the university’s three-fold purpose of providing students with an excellent education, stimulating inquiry and research, and providing service to the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.
The trustees also approved a $25 per semester increase in the student activity fee as well as increasing the housing costs by 10 percent and dining fees by five percent. All fee increases will be effective with the 2007 fall semester.
The student activity fee will go from $47.50 per semester to $72.50 to fund student development activities.
Housing costs will increase as follows: Village Apartments from $1,585 to $1,750 per semester for four-bedroom units and from $1,650 to $1,820 per semester for two-bedroom units; Forest Villas Apartments from $1,995 to $2,195 per semester for both the two- and four-bedroom units; and Residence Halls will go from $2,715 to $2,930 for the two-person, one-room suites that include the 19-meal plan.
Dining costs will increase from $1,145 to $1,205 per semester for the 14-meal plan and from $1,235 to $1,300 per semester for the 19-meal plan.
Trustees also approved the naming of the soon to be built Center for the Child in honor of Gail and Terry Richardson of Barnwell, long-time supporters of FMU and enthusiastic proponents for establishing the Center for the Child.
Gail Ness Richardson has served on the FMU Board of Trustees since 1988 and was the first woman elected to a two-year term as chair in 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in Charlotte and a master’s in library science from the University of South Carolina. She has been a public school teacher and a community advocate for education.
Terry E. Richardson Jr. is a successful attorney with the law firm Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in Barnwell. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Clemson University and a law degree at the University of South Carolina. He received the President’s Award for Service from the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association in 1994, and the Compleat Lawyer Award from the S.C. Bar in 2003.
In reports from their standing committees, it was learned that the capital campaign has now raised $34.7 million in gifts and pledges and that freshmen applications for fall semester were running 17 percent ahead of a year ago.
The nominating committee reported its recommendations for new officers for next year. They are George McIntyre of Bennettsville as chairman; William W. Coleman Jr. of Florence as vice chairman; and Carolyn Shortt of Laurens as secretary.
Following the meeting, the trustees honored the two newest Trustees’ Research Scholars at a luncheon in Ervin Dining Hall. They are Jeffrey Camper, professor of biology, and V. Scott Kaufman, professor of history.
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