BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, August 1, 2019 – 3:20 pm –3:45 pm

Presiding:
Mr. Robert E. Lee, Chair

Present:
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
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Member Emeritus
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore

Others Present:
Dr. Mark Blackwell, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Ms. LaTasha Brand, Dean of Students
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Finance and Facilities
Dr. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Daphne Carter-McCants, Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Mr. Lee Daugherty, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Ms. Brianna Dennis, Executive Director of Kelley Business Center for Economic Development
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Larry Falck, Director of Multimedia Services
Dr. Karen Fries, Secretary of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Education
Mr. Glen Gourley, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. Christopher Kennedy, Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Peter King, Provost
Dr. Jennifer Kunka, Associate Provost for Advising and Professor of English
Ms. Kendria Mason, Student Government Association President
Mr. Matthew 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
Ms. Lauren Owens, Morning News Reporter
Dr. Hari Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing
Mrs. Teresa Ramey, Vice President for Regional and Community Programs
Dr. Cheri Richardson, Director of Institutional Planning
Mrs. Lauren Stanton, Executive Director of the Francis Marion University Foundation
Mrs. Allison Steadman, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts – Costume Design
Mr. Don Tarbell, Chief of Police
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration and Planning
Ms. Demetra Walker, Dean of the Library
Dr. Alissa Warters, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price, Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Mr. Lee called the meeting to order at 3:20 pm, and then he asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll.  Mr. Lee then 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 20, 2019 meeting before the board for approval.  Mr. Coleman made a motion that the minutes be approved, and Dr. Dozier seconded the motion.  The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Lee reported that the Executive Affairs Committee met and no action was taken.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Hartung gave the following report in Mr. Bryson’s absence.

  • King briefed the committee on the Commission on Higher Education Program Productivity Report.
  • Thus far, more than 700 new freshmen have attended an orientation. Two additional orientations are scheduled for August 8 and August 19.
  • As of August 1, total enrollment is up approximately 1% from this time last year.
  • The Admissions Office has an Open House scheduled for September 28.
  • The committee received reports from various academic departments.
  • A report was given regarding the Swamp Fox Seminar which was offered again this summer.

Mrs. Hartung concluded her report.

Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Moore shared the following report with the board:

  • The following staff changes have occurred:
    • Mrs. Teresa Ramey has assumed her new role as Vice President for Regional and Community Programs.
    • Mrs. Lauren Stanton is the new Executive Director of the Education Foundation.
  • The Education Foundation staff are currently exploring ways to revitalize existing events while simultaneously creating new opportunities for engagement and fundraising.  Some of the existing events that are being re-evaluated are the Education Foundation Scholarship Reception, the Education Foundation Golf Tournament, and the Swamp Fox Athletic Auction.
  • Plans are currently being made for events to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary.
  • The Education Foundation is in the process of preparing to move to the Stokes Administration Building in September.  Mrs. Ramey, the Northeastern Strategic Alliance, the Business Incubator, and the Art Gallery moved to the new University Place in July.
  • The Alumni Office is launching a new membership campaign this fall which will offer multiple membership options and increase alumni engagement with the university.
  • Regional alumni events are currently being planned.  The first event will take place in Greenville on August 7, and others events in Myrtle Beach and Charleston are being organized.
  • The Non-Profit Leadership Institute is beginning another class in September which will continue through April of 2020.
  • The Performing Arts Center has many great concerts scheduled for the 2019-2020 season.

Mr. Moore concluded his report.

Finance and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Gunn shared the following information from the committee meeting:

  • Mr. Darryl Bridges became the Vice President of Finance and Facilities on July 1.
  • The university received 99.3% of the budgeted revenue for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
  • 93.4% of budgeted expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year were disbursed.

Mr. Gunn concluded his report.

Student Life and Athletics Committee:
Ms. Leatherman gave the following committee report:

Student Life:

  • The Student Life Office is currently being renovated.
  • Preparations are being made for New Freshmen Move-In Day on August 17. Approximately 600 students are expected, and there are currently 127 faculty and staff volunteers to assist that day.
  • Kendria Mason is the new Student Government Association President for 2019-2020.
  • The new Student Government Association Executive Officers went to a New Officers and Members Student Government Training Conference in Orlando, Florida which was held by the American Student Government Association.
  • The Student Government Association is in the process of developing a food pantry where students in need can confidentially go to get food.

Athletics:

  • 113 Francis Marion University student athletes, representing all 14 sports, were named to the Peach Belt Athletic Conference Presidential Honor Roll for 2018-19.
  • The golf team received the Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team Award for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Student athletes will come in on August 13 to have their physicals, and practice starts on August 14.
  • The first home games for fall 2019 are the women’s soccer team on September 7, the volleyball team on September 13, and the men’s soccer team on September 14.

Ms. Leatherman concluded her report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • Appreciation was extended to the trustees for being at the retreat to hear the operational plans from the following areas presented:
    • Academics
    • Recruitment, Advising and Retention
    • Student Life, Housing, and Athletics
    • Communications and Marketing

Next year, the operational plans for the Foundation and Alumni Office and the Finance and Facilities Office will be reviewed.  In particular, the Master Facilities Plan will need to be updated to reflect the four construction projects that are currently in progress.

  • The university received a generous amount of funding from the General Assembly this year, which included $1.4 million in recurring appropriations and $5 million for construction of the new Fresh Water Ecology Center.  This level of funding enabled FMU to be the first university in the state to say that it would not increase tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Appreciation was extended to Sen. Leatherman and Rep. Smith for helping to secure these funds for the university.
  • The university’s 2020-2021 budget request to the General Assembly will include $1.8 million in recurring appropriations as well as $5 million in deferred maintenance funds.  The deferred maintenance funds are needed to repair sidewalks, parking lots, and some underground infrastructure which has sustained damage from the hurricanes and floods that have occurred in recent years.
  • The exterior renovations to the Village Apartments will be completed during the week of August 5 and will be ready for students to occupy later this month.  Commendations were given to FBI Construction Company for the excellent work that they did on these buildings.
  • The design for the Honors Center is almost finalized.  In a couple of weeks, some of the trees at that building site will be removed in preparation for construction to begin.  The Honors Center should be complete by Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.
  • The design work for the Medical Education Complex is nearing completion.  Soon the contractor will begin demolition of some of the building’s interior.  A naming resolution regarding this building will be brought before the board at the November meeting.
  • At the June meeting, the board approved a resolution to seek refinancing of the 2009A athletic facilities revenue bond and new funding for athletic facility improvements.  The university is now going through the state bond approval process with the Joint Bond Review Committee and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority.  A final bond proposal will be brought before the board for approval at the November meeting.  Once all approvals are in place, the contractors can begin the renovations at the University Center and the expansion of the Athletic Field House.  It will take approximately 15-18 months for those projects to be completed.
  • The university is beginning the state approval process for the $5 million that was included in the 2019-2020 State Budget for the university to construct the new Fresh Water Ecology Center.  Construction is expected to begin in early spring of 2020, and it should take 12 – 18 months to complete.
  • There are a number of events being planned to celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary.  Some of the events include:
    • In October, a luncheon or dinner will be hosted by the President and First Lady to recognize the surviving founding employees.
    • A Founders Day, to be called “Doug’s Day” in honor of Dr. Smith, will be held on November 14 at the Griffin Athletic Complex.
    • The Christmas parties in December and Homecoming in February will all have a 50th anniversary theme.
    • A 50th Anniversary Gala will be held in the spring which will include fundraising for the First Generation Fund.

Dr. Carter concluded his report by reminding the trustees that they are invited to the Redwolves game following the meeting at 6:30.

Unfinished Business:
None

New Business:
None

Executive Session
None

Mr. Lee adjourned the meeting at 3:45 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Floyd L. Keels
Secretary