FMU Resolution Would Name FMU Center for Child In Honor of Gail and Terry Richardson of Barnwell
FLORENCE---During its quarterly meeting Friday (Nov. 17), the Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University was presented with a resolution to name a university facility in honor of Gail and Terry Richardson of Barnwell.
The resolution, which will be voted upon at the Feb. 2 trustees’ meeting, proposes naming the Center for the Child in honor of the Richardsons.
The Richardsons have been long-time supporters of Francis Marion University and enthusiastic proponents for establishing the Center for the Child. This $2 million facility will be built during 2007 on a site near the Pee Dee Education Center.
The Center for the Child will be a state-of-the-art teaching facility for early childhood education and will enable students to get firsthand experience in dealing with small children. It also will serve as a daycare facility for children of students, faculty and staff. It is being funded through state appropriations and private funding.
“Not only are Gail and Terry Richardson substantial donors to FMU, but they have been very active in university life for many years,” said President Fred Carter. “This is a fitting tribute to their loyalty to FMU and their devotion to children.”
Gail Ness Richardson has served on the FMU Board of Trustees since 1988, and was the first woman elected to a two-year term as chair in 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in Charlotte and a master’s in library science from the University of South Carolina. She has been a public school teacher and a community advocate for education.
Terry E. Richardson Jr. is a successful attorney with the law firm Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in Barnwell. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Clemson University and a law degree at the University of South Carolina. He received the President’s Award for Service from the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association in 1994, and the Compleat Lawyer Award from the S.C. Bar in 2003.
The Richardsons have three children.