Francis Marion University presented its 2004-2005 alumni awards at an Alumni Appreciation Dinner, Feb. 3.
The Outstanding Alumnus is Richard Harrington. Harrington received a B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from FMU in 1977. In 1982, he completed an M.S. degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as chief executive officer of American Specialty in Florence.
In 1965, Harrington began his career with Shaw Walker Information Systems and became general manager of the company in 1969. From 1984 to 1989, he served as director of manufacturing for Roper Corp. of Savannah, Ga. After serving a year as vice president of operations for AVM Corp. in Marion, he founded S&W Manufacturing in Florence in 1990, where he served as president and CEO until 2003.
Harrington is involved in his community. As a member of advisory boards at Florence-Darlington Technical College and FMU, a member of the board of directors for the S.C. Council on Economic Education, and a business leader for High Performance Partnership with North Vista Elementary School, he champions excellence in education. He has served in board leadership roles with the Florence Chamber of Commerce. He has also been active for more than 12 years in the Florence County United Way, having served as its campaign chairman in 2002 and as board chairman in 2003. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Pee Dee Regional Work Force Investment Board, board chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area and chairman of the Florence Community Board of the National Bank of South Carolina.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area recognized Harrington in 2003 with its C.A.R.E. Award (Children Are the Reason for Excellence). In 2002, he was presented the first Ashpy P. Lowrimore Community Service Award, an award given each year to United Way supporters who demonstrate outstanding community involvement. Other accolades include being named the 1998 Business Person of the Year by the Florence Chamber of Commerce, the 2001 State Board of Education Business Volunteer, the 2001 State Job Creator, the Florence Chamber’s Private Sector 2002 Humanitarian of the Year, and a member of the Florence School District 3 Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus is Leslie Frinks. Frinks graduated from FMU in 1997 with a B.S. degree in biology. After earning a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in May 2002, she began a general psychiatry residency with Palmetto Health Alliance in Columbia the same year. In addition to her duties as resident physician, Frinks is a clinical instructor/chief resident for the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine. She also serves as an after-hours physician for William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute and G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital.
Frinks’ professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and the S.C. Medical Association. Currently a member of the Residency Curriculum Committee for General Psychiatry, Frinks’ volunteer activities have included membership on the Somali-Bantu Relocation Mental Health Awareness Team and the Somali-Bantu Refugee Medical Task Force. A member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Frinks expects to complete her residency in 2006. Frinks was born and raised in Florence. Her parents, Johnnie (retired) and Barbara, are longtime employees of FMU.
The Alumni Volunteer of the Year is Darrell Jameson. Jameson first graduated FMU in 1995 with a B.A. degree in history and minor in political science. In 2002, he earned an M.E. degree in secondary education-social studies. Jameson is a teacher at Marion High School, where he serves as chairman of the Social Studies Department. He was selected Marion High’s Teacher of the Year for 2005.
A former member of the FMU Alumni Advisory Board, Jameson has helped recruit students to Francis Marion. He has coordinated an information reception at Marion High for students interested in learning more about FMU. He volunteers as emcee at Homecoming festivities and at the annual Art’s Alive festival on campus, and often serves as an alumni “greeter” at Alumni Association-sponsored events.
Jameson is as committed to Marion High as he is to FMU. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as the voice of the Swamp Fox varsity basketball and softball teams and he is a co-sponsor of the high school’s Beta Club, which involves coordinating and emceeing the Miss Marion High pageant. He has also shared his emceeing talents across the state for the S.C. Wheelchair games in Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
A former FMU student body vice president and past president of the FMU Student Alumni Association, Jameson exemplifies commitment and dedication through consistent participation in and support of university and alumni activities.
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