FLORENCE, S.C. – Frederick Schipman Johnston of Florence, Christie Price Lucas of Murrells Inlet and Eugene LeRoy Nettles, Jr. of Lake City, have been elected to the Francis Marion University Foundation Board.
Each began his initial three-year term July 1. Board members may be elected to subsequent terms.
“These are excellent people who are also strong leaders in the community,” said Tim Norwood, chairman of the FMU Foundation board. “All three have highly successful business careers and have received well-deserved recognition for their support of numerous philanthropies. We look forward to benefiting from their considerable expertise."
Johnston is president and chief executive officer of Crown Beverages, Inc. He is a member of the NBSC board and a legislative appointed PDRTA board member. He is also a member of the Florence Rotary Club, the National Beverage Association, the South Carolina Beverage Association and AICPA.
Lucas is senior relationship manager at Wachovia Bank. She is a volunteer for The School Foundation and an active member of the Florence Lions Club, Florence Junior League and Phi Beta Kappa.
Nettles is president and chief executive officer for Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, Inc. In addition, Nettles is a commercial pilot, vice president and chief executive officer of A. Meredith, Inc., and managing partner of Sortwell Properties and LowAir, LLC. He is a member of Lake City Rotary Club, the advisory board for Carolina First Bank, the Florence Regional Airport Authority and Phi Beta Kappa.
“We are excited to welcome Schipp, Christie and Toy to the FMU Foundation Board,” said Jay Dowd, executive director of the FMU Foundation. “Each of them brings with them unique experiences, knowledge and talents, and we look forward to their contributions to the board.”
The Francis Marion University Foundation was organized in 1974 to provide a means for soliciting and accepting substantial gifts of money or property in order to build an endowment fund that would promote the educational purpose and welfare of FMU.
The FMU Foundation is governed by an independent volunteer board of directors, with additional honorary and ex-officio directors, including the president of the university and other key administrators.
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