FLORENCE---L. Franklin Elmore of Greenville and William M. Ellen of Columbia have been elected to seats on the Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University.
Elected by the South Carolina General Assembly, the two new trustees replace H. Randall Dozier, who resigned after moving from District 4, and James R. Courie of District 2, who resigned to accept an appointment as the govenor’s representative on the Jobs-Economic Development Authority.
A native of Florence, Elmore is an attorney heading the construction/surety practice group of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart in Greenville. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Francis Marion University in 1973 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1976. He was admitted to the state bar in 1976.
He is a member of the American Bar Association. In 1983, he was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America. He was the recipient of FMU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996. He received the 2001 award from the Carolinas AGC for outstanding individual contribution.
Elmore is married to the former Anna Lee Timberlake of Greenville, and they have two children.
Ellen is a partner and general manager of Town House Associates, Inc., which owns and operates the Clarion Hotel in Columbia. He has spent 18 years in the hotel industry in North and South Carolina. He is a 1978 graduate of Francis Marion University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
A native of Bishopville, he is president of the Columbia Hotel/Motel Association and serves on the executive boards of the Greater Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the South Carolina Hospitality Association.
Ellen is married to the former Jacqueline Thomas of Nashville, Tenn., and they have two children.
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