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Sparrow, Yahnis elected to FMU Foundation Board
Samuel F. Sparrow of Scranton and Byron C. Yahnis of Florence have been elected to the Francis Marion University Foundation Board.

Each will serve a three-year term. William H. “Bill” Johnson Jr. of Marion has left the board after nine years of service.

Sparrow, a 1983 graduate of FMU, is the secretary/treasurer of Sparrow and Kennedy Tractor Co. Inc. in Scranton, general manager of Holiday Inn Express in Lake City, and a partner in Sparrow Accounting Service of Lake City.

He is a director of Carolina Academy, and director of Lake City American Legion Baseball. He is also a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and of Lake City United Methodist Church.

Sparrow and his wife, Claudia, have three children: Matthew, 20, Amanda, 17, and Samantha, 12.

Yahnis is the president of The Yahnis Co. of Florence, Columbia and Myrtle Beach. He is a member of the National Beer Wholesaler Association and the South Carolina Beer Association.

Yahnis and his wife, Gay, have two children: Charles, 15, and Nicole, 9.

“Sammy and Byron have demonstrated a commitment to their local communities and to FMU for years,” said Jay Dowd, executive director of the FMU Foundation. “They will be a great asset to the FMU Foundation Board, and we are most appreciative of their willingness to serve. We are also grateful for Bill’s nine years of dedicated service to the board.”

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 FMU.

The FMU Foundation is governed by an independent 35-member volunteer board of directors, with additional honorary and ex-officio directors, including the president of the university and other key administrators.

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Last Published: July 19, 2005 9:54 AM
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