FLORENCE - Libby Cooper has been promoted to the new position of vice president for public and community affairs at Francis Marion University effective June 1.
The promotion will combine her existing position as director of community relations with the director’s position in communications services. She will assume many of the responsibilities of Garry Ballard, executive director of communications services, who retired on May 31. Cooper will continue to manage the community relations office that includes alumni affairs and major events.
In making the announcement, FMU President Fred Carter said, “I’ve worked with Libby Cooper for eight years. She is a true professional, one in whom I have enormous trust and confidence. This new position is a logical progression of her existing responsibilities.”
As a member of the FMU staff since 1980, Cooper has held a number of positions including director of purchasing and auxiliary services. Cooper brings a myriad of skills and experience to her new position. She is the head of FMU’s Art’s Alive Festival, one of the largest gatherings of artists in the Pee Dee which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
During her tenure at FMU, she has been responsible for the development and implementation of fund-raising programs, public relations programs, and alumni affairs.
“I have had the joy of being a part of the FMU family for many years and, during that time, I’ve worn a number of hats. With each new responsibility, I’ve had the opportunity to grow, learn, and experience different areas of university administration. I look forward to assuming new duties that will allow me to work with a talented staff to get the word out about the many ways that FMU is impacting the community and the Pee Dee region above and beyond the educational component,” said Cooper.
Cooper earned an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in secondary education from the University of South Carolina. Her professional affiliations include Phi Beta Kappa, the Florence Downtown Development Board, the Pee Dee Education Center Board, and the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club.
A Mayesville native, she and her husband Steve reside in Florence.
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