FLORENCE---Charlene Wages of Florence, a distinguished teacher and former chairman of the Francis Marion University faculty, was named vice president of administration at the university Tuesday (June 21). The appointment is effective immediately.
Wages will supervise human resources, administrative and academic computing, institutional research and planning, and telecommunications and payroll. She replaces Gary W. Hanson who died in May.
“I am elated that Charlene has accepted our offer to join the university’s administration,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “Charlene brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position, and she has my absolute confidence and trust.
“She’s excelled at every job that she’s undertaken at this institution, and she will perform extraordinarily well as vice president of administration.”
Wages will maintain her rank as a professor of psychology and teach one course each semester.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Wages has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1986. A four-time chair of the faculty, she currently heads up the university’s study for re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
In 2003, she was appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford to the Advisory Committee to Study the Goals of the Commission on Women. The commission, established in 1971, advises the governor on matters related to the needs of women in South Carolina.
In 2004, Wages was selected FMU’s first recipient of the Hugh K. Leatherman Chair in Public Service for an initial five-year term.
She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia and master’s and doctoral degrees at Georgia State University. Wages also has taught at Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morris Brown College and Spelman College. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities from FMU in 2004.
Active in faculty governance since her arrival at FMU, Wages was elected chair of the faculty in 2000 and was re-elected for four straight years, stepping down from that post in 2004. She was presented the shared governance award in 2001 by FMU’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. That same year, she also received the FMU Faculty Service Award.
A charter member of FMU’s chapter of AAUP, she is serving a three-year term on that organization’s National Committee on Governance. She also is a member of the American Psychological Society, Phi Kappa Phi, the S.C. Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the S.C. Psychological Association. In 2005, she was elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the S.C. Women in Higher Education.
She has been a board member of the Pee Dee Alzheimer’s Coalition, president of the Florence League of Women Voters and on the nominating committee for the S.C. League of Women Voters. She has served on the Florence County United Way Agency Allocations and Review Committee and on the Florence Task Force on Recycling and Waste Management.
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