FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Board of Trustees adopted a $47 million operating budget for the university’s 2008-2009 fiscal year during its quarterly meeting Friday (June 6).
The budget included an 8 percent per semester tuition increase. Full-time South Carolina resident undergraduates will pay $3,673.50 per semester, an increase in tuition of $272 from last year. Tuition for the FMU nursing program was set at $5,755.50 per semester, an increase of $427 from last year.
Full-time out-of-state undergraduate students will now pay $7,347 per semester for tuition, and out-of-state nursing students will pay $11,511 per semester. Full-time South Carolina graduate students will pay $3,773.50 per semester, while out-of-state graduate students will pay $7,547 per semester.
FMU’s $47 million projected budget includes a base state appropriation of $19.3 million, $26.6 million in student fees and $1.3 million in other revenue.
The tuition increase will yield nearly $1.8 million in new revenues. Those dollars will allow the university to fund its share of a state mandated one percent salary increase and to fund an additional two percent pay increase for faculty and staff; and to recoup a 3 percent reduction in state appropriations to the university’s base budget.
Trustees also approved a resolution establishing the Bachelor of Science degree in social science with a secondary education certification.
In the president’s report, FMU President Fred Carter thanked Professor of English Kenneth M. Autrey, for his service as faculty chair since 2004 and welcomed the new faculty chair Theatre Professor D. Keith Best. Carter also noted the outstanding leadership of the FMU Board of Trustees.
“Second to faculty productivity, the board’s leadership has been a defining factor in the university’s success over the past several years,” Carter said.
In other business, the trustees presented a proclamation to H. Paul Dove, dean of FMU’s Rogers Library, for his 33 years of service to the university. Dove came to FMU in 1975 as assistant acquisitions librarian. In 1980, he became the acquisitions librarian, and in 1983, he became library director. In 1994, the position title was changed to dean of the library. Dove earned his undergraduate degree from Erskine College, a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina in French and one from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in library science.
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