Gower To Take Leadership Role in FMU Campaign; Faulkenberry Named Director of FMU Foundation
FLORENCE---Emerson F. Gower Jr. of Florence will assume the responsibilities for the major leadership role in Francis Marion University’s Campaign for Excellence, the five-year, $12-million fund-raising drive in support of the university.
He replaces Ashpy P. Lowrimore, who chaired the campaign steering committee until his untimely death in November.
FMU President Fred Carter said that he was delighted that Emerson Gower has agreed to assume a major leadership role during the balance of FMU’s first-ever capital campaign.
“Emerson Gower is well known and well respected throughout the Pee Dee region,” said Carter. “As a member of the campaign steering committee, he’s already familiar with the university’s fund-raising needs and will help us reach our $12 million goal over the coming months.”
“The economic success of our region is dependent upon the continued growth and development of Francis Marion University,” said Gower. “This capital campaign is vital to maintaining a strong university in the Pee Dee that provides higher education opportunities for future generations of students.”
T. Graham Edwards, who is leaving his role as executive director of the FMU Foundation, will assist Gower in community leadership of the campaign.
M. Scott Faulkenberry of Mt. Pleasant will replace Edwards as executive director of the foundation. A native of Chesterfield County, Faulkenberry assumes the chief administrative fund-raising role for the FMU Foundation.
“Scott Faulkenberry brings a wealth of fund-raising experience to the foundation staff,” said Carter. He added that he was most grateful that Edwards had agreed to stay involved in the campaign on a volunteer basis. “We have passed the halfway mark in a short period of time, largely due to the work of Graham Edwards and a cadre of community volunteers,” he said.
Gower is vice president of the southern region for CP&L, a Progress Energy company. He joined CP&L in 1970 and has worked in a variety of capacities throughout the Carolinas and Washington, D.C. He is active in business, civic and community organizations across the state, including serving on the FMU Foundation board. A native of Raleigh, N.C., he is a graduate of Campbell University.
Edwards is the former president and chief executive officer of Santee Cooper. He came to FMU as vice president for business affairs and later assumed the role as director of the foundation. He is leaving that position to enter private business.
Faulkenberry is a graduate of the College of Charleston and has served as an officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. He comes to FMU after a successful career as an economic development fund-raiser, most recently as president of Advent Development Group of Charleston. From 1996 to 2000, Faulkenberry was a senior development director for NCDS Inc., an Atlanta, Ga., based firm that raises money for various non-profit organizations on a national level.
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 that would promote the educational mission and welfare of the university. Governed by a 35-member volunteer board of directors, the foundation has approximately $10 million in assets.
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