Three Florence businessmen have joined the Francis Marion University Foundation Board of Directors.
Jesse Franklin Bullard III, Reamer Benjamin King and James F. O’Loughlin officially joined the board July 1.
They replace O.S. “Sandy” Aiken Jr. and C.B. Askins, who each served the maximum nine years on the board, and Jay Vinson, who served eight years on the board and resigned due to his appointment as a Family Court Judge.
The Francis Marion University 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 purpose and welfare of Francis Marion University.
Bullard is the regional president – coastal region for BB&T bank. He is a member of the Foundation Boards for Florence School District 1 and Florence-Darlington Technical College. He is also a member of the executive board of the Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the MUSC Children’s Hospital Advisory Fund Board, and the Florence Rotary Club. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.
“Frank Bullard and BB&T have been major supporters of FMU, financially and otherwise, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated partner join our foundation board.”
King is the president and owner of King Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC Inc. in Florence. He is a board member of BB&T bank, and a member of the West Florence Rotary Club and Central United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Betty Gail, have three grown children.
“Reamer King has demonstrated his commitment to FMU in numerous ways over the years. He truly cares about the community and this university,” Carter said. “He brings valuable experience to the foundation board.”
O’Loughlin is the chief executive officer of Carolinas Hospital. He is a member of the United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Chamber of Commerce, and YMCA boards. He is also a co-chair of the Relay for Life, and a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the Florence Rotary Club. He and his wife, Helen, have two children.
“Since his arrival in Florence in 2002, Jim O’Loughlin has immersed himself in the community,” Carter said. “His expertise and leadership skills will be a valuable asset to the FMU Foundation.”
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