FLORENCE – The Francis Marion University Foundation Board elected officers at its February meeting. Elected to serve were Jim Fenton, chairman; Jay Vinson, vice chairman; Dr. Sompong Kraikit, secretary; and Robert Williams, treasurer.
Fenton is president of Southeastern Steel Company, located in Florence. Vinson, an attorney in Florence, was named a 1996-97 FMU Outstanding Alumnus, and served as the president of the FMU Alumni Association 1994-96.
Dr. Kraikit is founder and president of Pee Dee Nephrology in Florence and Williams, president and CEO of Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Inc., serves on the FMU Board of Trustees, has served as the FMU Foundation Board treasurer in the past, and is the president of Pee Dee Electricom, Inc. and Pee Dee Service Corporation.
Robert N. Sawyer, dean of the School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences at FMU for the last four years, has been named executive director of the FMU Foundation, effective July 1, in anticipation of the university’s development of a capital campaign.
The FMU Foundation was organized in 1974 to provide a means for soliciting and accepting substantial gifts of money or property in order to build an endowment fund to support the educational mission of the university. The foundation is governed by an independent 35-member volunteer board of directors and has $10 million in assets.
Sawyer becomes the foundation’s first full-time director.