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FMU Alumni Association names five new members to board

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Alumni Association has named five new members to its Alumni Board of Directors. 

New members are Shirley Bausmith, Brian Denny, James Harrell, Brian Kelly and Beth Peterson. 

Bausmith, of Florence, is currently coordinator of instructional accommodation and M.A.T. learning disabilities programs and coordinator of special studies and special programs at FMU. She earned the B.S. degree in elementary education (summa cum laude) and the M.Ed. degree in remediation from FMU. She earned the Ph.D. degree in special education from the University of South Carolina. 

Bausmith is an assistant professor of education at FMU. Prior to joining the FMU faculty in 2003, Bausmith was a learning disabilities resource teacher and Special Education Department chairperson at West Florence High School. She was named Teacher of the Year there in 1998. 

While at FMU as a student, Bausmith was a graduate assistant and became a part-time member of the graduate faculty. She served as president of the FMU Alumni Association from 2001-2003.

Denny, a Lake City native, graduated form Lake City High School in 1994 before making his way to FMU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from FMU in 1998 and was inducted into the psychology honor society, Psi Chi. He received a master’s in school psychology from FMU in 2001 and was the school psychologist in Florence School District One from 2000-06. He is currently the director of programs for exceptional children for Florence School District One.

He and his wife of six years, Catherine, have a one son, Connor.

Harrell, a Society Hill native, is division vice president and general manager of Sonoco’s North American Paper division. Harrell has operational responsibility for Sonoco's 16 recycled paperboard mills in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He joined Sonoco in 1985 and has held a number of domestic and international management positions in both the company's industrial and consumer segments. Prior to his most recent assignment, Harrell was division vice president and general manager, Industrial Products/Paper, Europe. He is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

Kelley was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and moved to South Carolina in 1992 when he attended FMU. He graduated in 1996 with a double major in economics and political science. While attending FMU, Kelley was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and president of the Student Government Association from 1995–1996. Upon graduating from FMU, he began his career at Pee Dee Electric Cooperative as an industrial/commercial marketing representative until 1998 when he made a career change. Kelley joined the team at Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville as an Order Fulfillment/Roll-out Representative, and then as a Department Manager in Chester, Va.

In 2002, he rejoined Pee Dee Electric Cooperative as vice president of member services. In this position, Kelley was responsible for ensuring positive member service outcomes, and implemented a number of enhancements to streamline the department. In June of 2004, Kelley was promoted to his current position of vice president of marketing, where he is responsible for the development and administration of programs and the promotion of the cooperative’s public image.

Serving on such boards as The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Marion County Progress, Florence Career Center Advisory Committee, Florence Rotary Club, Florence Education and Economic Development Task Force, keeps him active in the communities of the region. Kelley is married to the former Deborah Helms of Pageland. 

Peterson graduated from FMU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is pursuing a master’s degree in business education and expects to complete her degree in 2009.

Peterson is currently a financial advisor for Waddell and Reed Finance Advisors in Sumter. There she develops investment and financial strategies for clients to become financially independent. She is also a military police in the S.C. Army National Guard, which led to her serving one tour of duty in Iraq.  

“I am delighted to welcome our five new directors to the board. Each of them brings unique experiences, knowledge and talents to the table and I am looking forward to working with them to offer exceptional alumni activities, events and programs,” said Kim Turbeville, FMU’s director of alumni affairs. “The FMU Alumni Association could not operate without the support and participation of our alumni and this group’s extra effort and time commitment is allowing our office to reunite and reconnect with our 15,000-plus graduates.” 

The purpose of the FMU Alumni Association is to generate and channel support, financial and otherwise, to the university from alumni through a variety of activities, correspondence and publications. The association serves as a liaison among graduates, the Alumni Office and the university community. 

For more information about the FMU Alumni Association, contact Turbeville at 843-661-1228 or 

#191 / 5-27-08

Last Published: June 3, 2008 12:01 PM
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