FLORENCE, S.C. – Shirley C. Bausmith of Florence, a 1991 and 1994 graduate of Francis Marion University, has been elected president of the FMU Alumni Association for a two-year term (2001-03). Cathy K. Lee (’87) of Florence was elected vice president and Tim Norwood (’78) of Florence was elected secretary/treasurer.
The three officers were unanimously elected by the FMU Alumni Advisory Board at its recent quarterly meeting. Outgoing president Jim Spears (’94) was honored for his leadership and service over the past two years.
Bausmith earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Francis Marion and received a Ph.D. degree in special education from the University of South Carolina last year. She is currently a learning disabilities teacher at West Florence High School. She served as secretary/treasurer of the alumni association for the past two years, and is a former part-time member of the FMU education faculty.
Lee is vice president of customer satisfaction services for Professional Research Consultants Inc., based in Omaha, Neb. In the past, she has volunteered at the FMU Career Fair, and she is currently chair of the Alumni Advisory Board’s public relations committee.
Norwood is an executive vice president and partner with SMS Management Services and a partner with Home Health Management, both of Florence. He is a member of the FMU Foundation Board and the Alumni-Faculty House Steering Committee.
The FMU Alumni Association officers are responsible for general duties listed in the Alumni Association Advisory Board bylaws. Among their duties are to work closely with the Alumni Office to plan activities, attend alumni and appropriate University-sponsored events, make presentations regarding goals and achievements, keep meetings on task, promote and support the Alumni Association Membership Campaign, identify issues that are of concern to alumni, and provide the Alumni Office with suggestions which may enhance opportunities for alumni.
There are nearly 13,000 graduates of Francis Marion University.
All FMU graduates automatically become members of the Alumni Association upon graduation. Its purpose is to channel support, financial and otherwise, to the University from alumni through a variety of activities, correspondence and publications. The association serves as a liaison among graduates, the Alumni Office, and the University Community. The association is guided by a governing body, the Alumni Advisory Board, and the three executive officers.