Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 3:30 pm –4:07 pm

Mr. Robert E. Lee, Chairman

Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mr. H. Paul Dove, 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. Kenneth W. Jackson (by phone)
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman
Member Emeritus
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly

Others Present:
Dr. Kay Lawrimore Belanger, Professor of Marketing
Dr. J. Mark Blackwell, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mr. Andrew Boardwine, Florence Morning News Reporter
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Library
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
Ms. Teresa Galasso, WBTW News 13 Reporter
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 Media Relations
Dr. Tracy Meetze-Holcombe, Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Vice President of Communications
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Darlington News and Press Reporter
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. Lee called the meeting to order at 3:30 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. Lee brought the minutes of the June 21, 2018 meeting before the board for approval.  Dr. Dozier made a motion that the minutes be approved, and Mr. Freeman seconded the motion.  The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

Mr. Lee reported that the committee reviewed and discussed the data from the Board of Trustees Self Evaluation Forms, but no action was taken.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Mrs. Hartung gave the following report in Mr. Bryson’s absence.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Informatics will begin in Fall 2018.
  • The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning has been approved by the SC Commission on Higher Education and is scheduled to begin in Spring 2019.
  • The Speech-Language Pathology Program has received an accreditation status of “Candidate” and can now admit its first class of 25 students.
  • Fall 2018 enrollment is roughly where Fall 2017 enrollment was this time last year.

Mrs. Hartung concluded her report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Moore shared the following report with the board:

Development and Foundation:

  • The FMU Foundation received a $25,000 grant from Duke Energy to support the Non-Profit Leadership Institute and to sponsor a grant writing workshop for non-profit organizations in the Pee Dee region.
  • The Performing Arts Center will begin its fall season with a concert by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on August 30.


  • In October, the FMU Alumni Association will hold a regional Alumni Reception in Hartsville which will be hosted by Trustee Stephen Jones and Mr. James Harrell.

Mr. Moore concluded his report.

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

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

  • The university received an increase in base operating funds from the General Assembly of $574,113 and estimates a fringe allocation increase of $196,237 to be received in September 2018.  In addition, the 2% tuition increase and funding for the Physician Assistant and Speech Pathology programs added approximately $2.6 million to the budget.
  • The university anticipates an Operating Cash Carryforward of $1.85 million which will be recorded as general reserve for operations in 2018-19.
  • $5 million in nonrecurring revenue for the Medical and Health Education Classroom Complex and $2.1 million for the Honors Center that were included in the State Appropriations Act were vetoed by the Governor.  These items that were vetoed will be dealt with when the General Assembly reconvenes.
  • At this time the budget for 2018-19 is still being loaded into the accounting system.  The board will receive a complete report of the financial status at the meeting in November.

Mr. Gunn concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

Ms. Leatherman presented the following information reported to the committee:

Student Affairs:

  • The Student Affairs Office has had a change in organizational structure. Teresa Ramey’s title has changed from Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students to Vice President for Student Affairs. Ms. Latasha Brand has moved from Associate Dean of Students to Dean of Students, and Dr. Daphne Carter-McCants has moved from Assistant Dean of Students to Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Leadership FMU is beginning its 10th year of offering leadership training to students.
  • The Student Government Association has returned from their trip to the American Student Government Association New Officers Training in Orlando, Florida. The information that they gathered at the conference gave them new ideas regarding procedures and creating better communication with the student body.


  • An overview of the Student Athlete Handbook was given during the committee meeting.
  • Student athlete meetings and pre-season practices have begun for the Fall 2018 semester.
  • For the first time, the Athletic Department will be hiring a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
  • Carson Nance, who received his Masters in Psychology from FMU, will be meeting with the student athletes regarding proper nutrition and recognizing mental health issues.

Ms. Leatherman concluded her report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • The university has received a state appropriation of recurring and nonrecurring funds equaling $11 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
  • The following new academic programs will begin during the 2018-19 academic year:
  1. Master of Speech-Language Pathology (Fall 2018)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Informatics (Fall 2018)
  3. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in History with Teaching Certification (Fall 2018)
  4. Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (Spring 2019)
  5. Bachelor of Business Administration – new options in Sports Management and Sports Marketing (Spring 2019)
  6. Master of Science in Nursing – new option in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Spring 2019)
  • The university will reach a new milestone with the graduation of our first doctoral students at the Fall Commencement.
  • Over the next few months, the university will begin a new fundraising campaign focused on need based scholarships primarily intended for our first generation college students.

Dr. Carter concluded his report.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Mr. Lee stated that the Agency Head Evaluation for Dr. Carter is due soon, and board members are asked to contact Dr. Wages if they have any comments or suggestions that they would like to include in the report.

Executive Session:

Mr. Lee asked that a motion be made for the board to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.  The motion was made by Mr. McIntyre and seconded by Dr. Dozier.  The Board gave unanimous approval to go into Executive Session.

After the Executive Session, Mr. Lee stated that no action was taken by the board during the session.  He then recognized Mr. McIntyre who made a motion that Dr. Carter’s contract be extended to July 2023, and the motion was seconded by Mr. Gunn.  Mr. Lee then asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll to allow the board to vote by yeas and nays.  All votes were affirmative, and the board approved unanimously to extend Dr. Carter’s contract to July 2023.

Mr. Lee adjourned the meeting at 4:07 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Floyd L. Keels