FMU Trustees Name Computer Lab for J.R. Bryan Jackson
FLORENCE---Francis Marion University trustees approved the naming of a high-tech computer laboratory in the School of Education in memory of the late J. R. Bryan Jackson, a Florence businessman who died in 1996.
Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of Superior Machine Co. upon his death, was on the board of directors of CP&L and a lifelong advocate for quality education. It was a gift from CP&L that helped establish Innovation Place, and the balance of the gift will be used to endow the operation of the computer lab to be known as J.R. Bryan Jackson Innovation Place.
Jackson was also a member of the Advisory Committee for FMU’s School of Business and a founding member of the Pee Dee Education Foundation.
Trustees also adopted two other resolutions, one making minor revisions in the academic freedom and tenure policy, and the other establishing procedures for faculty-grievance cases not covered by that policy.
The trustees also heard updates on the university’s administrative reorganization, budgeting, enrollment and marketing efforts, student activities, athletics and planning for a capital campaign.
In his report to the board, President Fred Carter praised the work of FMU people. “There a unique little secret about FMU,” said Carter. “FMU is what it is today because of the quality and dedication of the people who work here—faculty and staff.”
Trustees also agreed to hold future committee meetings and board meetings all in one day to save time and expense. Their next meeting is scheduled Jan. 26, 2001.