Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, August 3, 2017 – 3:17 pm – 3:35 pm

Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson, Chairman

Mr. Jody Bryson
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. Benjamin I. Duncan, II
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly

Others Present:
Dr. J. Mark Blackwell, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Ms. Rebecca Cross, Morning News
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production and Web Design Coordinator
Dr. Karen Fries, Secretary of the Faculty and Assistant Professor of Education
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. Christopher M. Kennedy, Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Programs
Dr. Peter King, Provost
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Jennifer Kunka, Associate Provost for Advising and Professor of English
Mr. Matthew J. McColl, Director of Communications
Dr. Tracy Meetze-Holcombe, Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Vice President of Communications
Dr. Johnathan G. Munn, Associate Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Mrs. Demetra Pearson, Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Alissa Warters, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor of Nursing
Mr. Brad Wofford, Director of Electronic Media Services

Mr. Jackson called the meeting to order at 3:17 pm, and then he asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll.  He stated for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and that a quorum was present.

Mr. Jackson presented the minutes of the June 22, 2017 meeting to the board for approval.  Mr. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved, and the motion was seconded by Mr. McIntyre. The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

Mr. Jackson reported that the committee met and no action was taken.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Mr. Moore reported the following information that was shared with the committee:

  • An orientation session will be held for approximately twenty new faculty members on August 18.
  • Six new freshmen orientations have been held so far this summer.   At this time, there are 652 new freshmen enrolled for Fall 2017, which is slightly lower than last year.  There are currently 713 new freshmen who have been admitted, so it is anticipated that the enrollment figure will increase during the last two orientations.
  • The University is partnering with Florence-Darlington Technical College again to offer the Patriot Pathway Program.  This program allows a student to attend FDTC for one year with limited access to resources at FMU.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student is admitted to FMU.  Eleven students are currently in the program.
  • The pilot program, Swamp Fox Seminar, has been very successful.  Eleven of the twelve students enrolled in the program during the summer were successful in completing it and are enrolling for the Fall 2017 semester.
  • There were 171 courses offered during the 2017 summer sessions, which is an increase of ten from last year.
  • Thirty-four students completed degree requirements during the summer, which brings the total number of graduates for the 2016-17 academic year to 733.
  • The Nursing Department has received five major grants totaling $1.6 million for this year alone, which are provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration.  This includes the Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant which will provide $1,817,437 in grant aid over a four year period.
  • There are three new programs that will begin in January 2018:
    1. Bachelor of Science in Biology, Secondary Education option
    2. Doctorate in Nursing Practice
    3. Master of Science in Applied Psychology, Applied Behavioral Analysis concentration
  • Two new programs are currently under development:
  1. Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Informatics
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching

Mr. Moore concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee: 

Mr. Elmore shared the following report with the board:


  • Mr. Julian Young has retired from his position as Director of Alumni Affairs, and appreciation was expressed for his years of service to the University.  There is an active search going on for a new director, with numerous applications being submitted.  The new Director of Alumni Affairs should be hired before the November board meeting.


  • There are several new scholarship proposals in process, and those should be finalized within the next few months.
  • The University and the City of Florence began a partnership last year to provide support for the North Dargan Innovation Center.  Brianna Dennis, Executive Director of the Kelly Center for Enterprise and Innovation, is working well with the seven clients in the incubator, new and established businesses, and civic leaders.
  • Bud Simmons has recently been hired as the new Director of the Performing Arts Center.  He comes with twenty-two years of experience as the Director of Operations for the Charlotte Symphony and several additional years in various performance and venue roles.

Mr. Elmore concluded his report.  

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee: 

Mr. Jones shared the following information from the committee meeting:

Budget Summary Report:

  • The University concluded the 2016-17 fiscal year with revenues only $351,000 short of the budgeted amount.
  • Expenditures were below budget for the year by $3.5 million, which is mainly due to enrollment reserve funds included in the expense budget that were not used because of our strong revenues.
  • Summer II revenues received thus far totals $819,000.
  • Total Operating Revenue received to date equals $9.2 million.
  • The Business Affairs Office is in the process of drawing down state appropriations for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  Those funds should be received and reflected on the next financial report to the board.
  • Auxiliary and Designated revenues that have been received thus far are mainly associated with student fee collections for Fall 2017.
  • Capital and Debt related funds received are associated with funds transferred to cover our annual bond payments for the Athletic Complex.
  • Total revenues for 2017-18 are budgeted at $85.8 million, of which $11 million has been received.
  • As of July 31, 7% of the budgeted general funds were expended, which is in line with budget expectations.
  • There has been no change in headcount or FTE since the June meeting.  Total employee headcount remains at 498 and FTE at 444.86.  The four-year change is 11 for headcount and 7.56 for FTE.
  • The total amount of financial aid awarded for 2016-17 totaled $52,512,476, and the current projection for financial aid awards in 2017-18 is $53,328,555

Mr. Jones concluded his report. 

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee: 

Mr. Bryson presented the following information reported to the committee:

Student Affairs:

  • Freshman Move-In Day is scheduled for August 19.
  • An orientation for new international students will be held on August 21. Approximately

twenty-four new international students are enrolled for Fall 2017.

  • Training for new student organization officers and advisors is scheduled for August 28.
  • Welcome Week activities will be held August 19 – August 24.
  • Leadership FMU will begin on September 18.


  • Fall 2017 athletic teams will report to campus on August 11.  This includes the women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s cross country and track, and women’s cross country and track teams.
  • The women’s tennis, men’s tennis, and men’s golf teams earned national team All-American honors.
  • Women’s basketball player, Briana Burgins, received an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports-Scholar Award.
  • New freshmen athletes are currently going through an on-line orientation curriculum which is designed to promote the well-being of the student athletes through healthy behavioral strategies.
  • On August 8, there will be a Mental Health Training/Certification for the coaches and other athletic staff to assist them in identifying specific stress and risk factors faced by student athletes.

Mr. Bryson concluded his report. 

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  •  Dr. Rusty Ward has been leading the SACS Reaffirmation efforts and should have the reaffirmation report complete soon.  A copy of the report will be mailed to the board for review prior to submission to SACS.
  • Several new degree programs will be starting within the next few years:
    1. The Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice should be open and accepting students within the course of the 2017-18 academic year.
    2. The University should begin staffing for the Masters Degree in Speech Therapy during the 2017-18 academic year.
    3. The Bachelors Degree in Health Informatics will go through faculty, board, and SC Commission on Higher Education approval during the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Planning will soon begin for the following new programs:
    1. Mechanical Engineering
    2. Occupational Therapy
    3. Physical Therapy
  • During the retreat, Dr. Chris Johnson spoke to the board about current research initiatives at the University.  He also discussed the consolidation of these research efforts into one office and how that process will work.
  • Dr. Mark Blackwell also spoke during the retreat about plans for student and faculty travel initiatives, exchange program initiatives, current exchange partners, and new exchange partnerships that are being sought.
  • There was discussion at the retreat regarding current community outreach programs and the constituencies that the University hopes to reach through these programs.
  • The University currently has the following major facilities initiatives which should be completed within the next two to three years:
    1. Renovation of the Old Post Office building
    2. Construction of the new Honors Center
  • There will be a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on August 21 from 12:00 – 3:00 at Sparrow Stadium.

Dr. Carter concluded his report. 

Unfinished Business:


New Business: 

Mr. Jackson stated that the following board members have been appointed to the nominating committee which will compile a slate of officers for the 2018-2019 year.

  • Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chair
  • Dr. H. Randall Dozier
  • Mr. Stephen N. Jones

The committee will present the list of names to the board for approval at the November 16 meeting.  The officers that are elected will assume their offices at the March 1, 2018 meeting. 

Executive Session

Not needed

Mr. Jackson adjourned the meeting at 3:35 pm

Respectfully Submitted,
William Edward Gunn