Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, former provost, and Dr. Lee A. Vickers, former president of Francis Marion University, signed the charter agreement that established the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition on February 24, 1995.

Our purpose is to stimulate and enhance cultural awareness, to promote professional development and welfare among faculty, staff and students. Our goals include increasing morale, and communication among members; to create an atmosphere of community for FMU African-American faculty, staff and students; serve as a liaison between the administrative personnel of FMU and the African-American faculty and staff; and to examine the university’s efforts in recruitment and retention of African-American faculty and staff because we play a vital role in contributing to the educational growth of minority students.

We feel that we have a responsibility to provide guidance, support and financial assistance to qualifying FMU African-American students.

With the support and encouragement of President L. Fred Carter, the FMU Administration, our ardent members, and faithful supporters we are able to award four named scholarships. Given the assistance of generous donors we’ve been able to increase the number of our scholarships.

Our motto, “Together We Can” puts truth into action.