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FMU, Red Cross and the Konduros Fishermen Fund announce Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute

SOUTH CAROLINA – Francis Marion University, the American Red Cross and the Konduros Fishermen Fund today announced a partnership and presented the first annual Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute.  

The Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute will be held May 19 – May 24 at FMU. The Institute is designed to ensure that Red Cross staff and volunteers have the opportunity to develop and become more prepared to respond to small and large scale disasters down the street, across the country and around the world. In total, over 300 Red Cross volunteers and staff will be trained at the Institute.  

“We look forward to a collaboration with former First Lady Rachel Hodges and the American Red Cross in offering comprehensive leadership training to community and state volunteers,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “This promises to be a unique and creative program for educating those who will be front line caregivers in natural catastrophes, and FMU is proud to be a part of developing and implementing it.” 

This six-day Institute will be broken into three tracks, including, Executive Leadership, Development and Disaster Services. Attendees will receive advanced training in the following four core areas: 

1.      Disaster Readiness - planning and response to major disasters
2.      Chief Executive Officer Training - responding to community needs during times of disaster
3.      Disaster Fund Raising
4.      Public Affairs    

Hodges acknowledged the collaboration would not have been possible without the vision of both James Konduros of the Konduros Fisherman Fund and Carter. 

“This partnership is essential to our moving forward and strengthening the American Red Cross,” Hodges said.

 For more information, about the Rachel Hodges Leadership Institute, please visit


About Francis Marion University:  Francis Marion University, founded in 1970, is one of South Carolina's 13 four-year, state-supported universities. As one of the state's six comprehensive institutions, FMU prides itself on providing a high-quality, yet affordable liberal arts education. While 95 percent of its students come from South Carolina, the university enrolls students from 26 states and 16 countries, allowing the FMU community to experience the diversity of people from other cultures. 

About the American Red Cross:  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. 


Last Published: February 29, 2012 9:35 AM
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