FMU President shares Gov. Haley’s funding plan
FLORENCE – In Francis Marion University President Fred Carter’s report to the Board of Trustees at the quarterly meeting held Friday (March 4), he offered insight into the five higher education funding guidelines recently proposed by Gov. Nikki Haley.
Originally, the governor’s plan consisted of four measures, said Carter. Those included graduation rates, the number of in-state students, job placement for graduates and support for economic development. At the urging of the college presidents, Haley accepted a fifth measure – serving underrepresented constituencies and rural regions of the state.
“Thus far, I am encouraged by her willingness to support institutions that emphasize the education of South Carolinians and invest heavily in regional development,” said Carter.
Ninety-five percent of FMU’s students are from South Carolina, 43 percent are minorities and 40 percent are first-generation college students.
The 10 university presidents are scheduled to meet with the governor again next month to discuss the weighting and implementation cycle for the plan.
Also presented in the president’s report was the slate of honorary degree recipients for May 2011 – S.C. Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn, Florence attorney and former Mayor Haig Porter and FMU alumna (’79) and basketball legend Pearl Moore. Hearn will deliver the commencement address.
In other business, sophomore right-hander Don Sandifer was recognized by the Trustees. He tossed the 10th no-hitter in school history, allowing only two base runners, as FMU beat Winston-Salem State University 13-0, Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19).
The trustees were presented a resolution to consider at their June meeting for the naming of (Gerald) Griffin Athletic Complex, (Murray) Hartzler Soccer Field, (Marion “Spyder”) Webb Plaza and (Michael) Hawkins Press Box.
The nominating committee reported its recommendations for new officers for next year. They are H. Randall Dozier (Murrells Inlet) as chairman; Patricia C. Hartung (Greenwood) as vice chairman; and L. Franklin Elmore (Greenville) as secretary. Trustees will vote on this slate of candidates at the June meeting.