FLORENCE---Rev. Marvin W. Lynch has been appointed volunteer university chaplain at Francis Marion University by President Fred Carter.
Rev. Lynch is currently interim assistant to the pastor of First Baptist Church in Florence. He retired in 1995 after serving as director of admissions at FMU for many years.
“I’m delighted that Rev. Lynch has agreed to return to the university to serve the campus in this volunteer capacity,” said President Carter. “He’s spent most of his life counseling students on going to college, and coupled with his work as a minister in the community, he is the perfect individual to assist us in this endeavor.”
As university chaplain, Rev. Lynch will work directly with students and student activities, help with any personal problems that students may encounter, and assist with official university functions.
A native of Pamplico, Rev. Lynch earned an associate’s degree from North Greenville College, a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s from Central Michigan University. He has been a licensed Baptist pastor since 1955 and has served as a volunteer lay minister for a number of churches in the area.
He was a teacher and athletic coach at Pamplico High School and at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School. He then served as executive director of the Pee Dee Area Big Brothers Association for six years.
He served as admissions officer at the University of South Carolina at Florence regional campus for two years and was appointed director of admissions when FMU was established in 1970. He also served as coach of the USC-Florence men’s basketball team. The FMU enrollment grew from 907 in the fall of 1970 to nearly 4,000 when he retired.
Rev. Lynch also served on the Florence School District One School Board in the mid-1980s and used his monthly stipend to establish the Norma M. Lynch Scholarship at FMU in honor of his wife.