BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 4:30 pm –5:10 pm

Presiding:
Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Vice Chair

Present:
Mr. Jody Bryson
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mr. H. Paul Dove, Jr.
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
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly

Others Present:
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. R. Daphne Carter-McCants, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mr. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
Mr. Larry Falck, Director of Multimedia Services
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
Ms. Connor Graham, Student Government Association President
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
Ms. Lauren Owens, Morning News Reporter
Mrs. Demetra W. Pearson, Dean of the Library
Dr. Hari K. Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing
Dr. Cheri L. Richardson, Director of Institutional Planning
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

Dr. Dozier called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm, and then he asked Mrs. Davis to call the roll.  He noted for the record that Mr. Lee has an excused absence.  Dr. Dozier 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.

Dr. Dozier brought the minutes of the November 15, 2018 meeting before the board for approval.  Mr. Bryson 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:

Dr. Dozier stated that the Executive Committee met and reviewed a number of topics, and no action was taken.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Mr. Bryson gave the following report.

  • Total enrollment for Spring 2019 is 3,374. This is a slight increase from Spring 2018.
  • Total applications for Fall 2019 show a 1% increase from Fall 2018, and total acceptances have increased by 8%.
  • Two McNair Scholars have been chosen and will enroll for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Scholarship Awards Day/Orientation will be held on April 27.
  • Open Houses are currently being hosted by the Office of Admissions. In addition, they are preparing for eight new freshmen and transfer orientations that will be held this summer.
  • The first Doctoral Degrees for the university were conferred at the December 2018 Commencement.
  • Spring 2019 Commencement will be held on May 4.

Mr. Bryson concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Moore shared the following report with the board:

Development and Foundation:

  • Three new scholarships have been established:
    1.  Florence Medical Alliance Scholarship – to be awarded to students majoring in a healthcare field.
    2.  CVS Scholarship – to be awarded to students majoring in a healthcare field.
    3.  Florence Symphony Guild Scholarship – to be awarded to students majoring in music with preference given to first generation students.
  • The Education Foundation Donor/Recipient Scholarship Reception is scheduled for March 5 at 6:00.
  • Arts International is scheduled for April 13.

Alumni:

  • The Swamp Fox Athletic Auction will be held on April 25.
  • The Foundation Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 10.
  • Homecoming was held during the weekend of February 22, and over 1000 people participated in the activities.
  • Tim Hunter, who is stepping down as Alumni Association President, was recognized for his six years of dedicated service.
  • The Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony takes place at 6:00 this evening.  The Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Randy, Dozier, will receive the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award.

Mr. Moore concluded his report

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

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

  • Fall 2018 revenue finalized at $18.9 million, which is 100.5% of our revenue estimate.  This is due to both undergraduate and graduate programs exceeding revenue expectations.
  • As of the end of January, Spring 2019 revenues equaled $16.8 million, which is 98.4% of our revenue estimate.
  • Total Operating Revenue received thus far totals $38 million.
  • All state appropriations have been received with the exception of the Center of Excellence, which the university is working to receive from the state.
  • Auxiliary and Designated Revenues received thus far are largely related to student fee collections and dining and bookstore contractual revenue associated with Fall 2018 activity.
  • Restricted funds to be received are mainly due to typical delays in receipt of federal financial aid for the spring semester.
  • Capital and Debt related funds received are associated with interest earnings on capital project funds held by the university and funds transferred to cover debt service for the Athletic Complex.
  • As of the report date, our general funds were 54% expended, which is comparable to January 2018 when 53% of the general funds were expended.
  • The Total Employee Headcount is 506, and FTE is 448.48.  The four-year change is 13 for headcount and 8.62 for FTE.
  • Total financial aid for 2018-19 is currently estimated to be $54,024,588.  This estimate has increased from the November report due to the substantial increase in estimated Pell, Hope, and Life as well as other grants and scholarship aid increases.
  • Mr. Gunn presented Resolution 01-19 for an Increase of Dining Services Fees, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Mr. Gunn made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. Elmore seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the board.

Mr. Gunn concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

Ms. Leatherman gave the following committee report:

Student Affairs:

  • The Student Affairs Office is sponsoring a Freshman Focus program. This program is a series of seven Professional Growth and Development sessions, during which students are paired with an upperclassman mentor based on their major and interests.
  • The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration took place on January 17, and Rep. Carl Anderson was the keynote speaker. Over 250 faculty, staff, students, and community members participated in the overall celebration.
  • The Student Affairs Office, Campus Activities Board, Title IX Committee and Athletics Department sponsored The C-Word Consent Comedy Show which was held on January 24.  The focus of this program was to educate students about consent and building healthy relationships.  Over 375 students attended this event.
  • The FMU’s Got Talent Finale took place on February 20 at the Performing Arts Center. Six student acts including singers, dancers, a pianist, and a spoken work performance competed for a grand prize of $500.
  • The FMU Spring Formal “Masquerade Ball” will be held on March 2.
  • The Student Government Association sponsored information sessions from February 12 – 14 to allow students to voice their concerns or opinions about issues regarding Student Affairs, Housing, and Dining Services.
  • The SGA sponsored Patriot Passports during this year’s Homecoming to encourage participation in the activities. Students who had Patriot Passports would have their passport stamped at each event that they participated in.  If their passport showed that they participated in all of the events, they could enter their name in a drawing for an iPad.
  • Student Government Association Elections are coming up in March.
  • The SGA is sponsoring a Higher Education Forum on April 9. Senator Vincent Sheheen will be the guest speaker, and there will be a panel discussion regarding South Carolina higher education legislation.

Athletics:

  • The number of student athletes at FMU has increased from 195 last year to 244, with the increase being a direct result of the new junior varsity teams in baseball and men’s basketball.
  • The overall GPA for all student athletes is 2.99
  • The men’s basketball team posted their second consecutive 20-win season, which is the first time that has occurred since the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.  They are currently ranked six in the NCAA regional poll.
  • The women’s basketball team currently has a record of 11-14 heading into their final regular season game on Sunday, March 3.  If they win, or if UNC Pembroke loses this weekend, they will have a berth in the Peach Belt Tournament.
  • The men’s baseball team opened its season by winning 10 of its first 15 contests.  They currently have a record of 6-3 in the Peach Belt Conference.
  • The women’s softball team currently has a 12-4 record.
  • Mr. Luis Rincon has been named the new head coach for the men’s soccer team.
  • Mrs. Laurie Niego Mancari, 2003 graduate and former softball catcher, became the 52nd member of the FMU Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming.

Ms. Leatherman concluded her report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • Connor Graham, who will be graduating in May, was recognized for her outstanding service as SGA President.
  • Jay Kispert, who will be retiring at the end of June, was recognized for his many years of dedicated service to the university as Vice President for Business Affairs.
  • The new University Organizational Chart, which will go into effect on July 1, was reviewed and the following changes that will take place were noted:
    1.  Charlene Wages’ title will change from Vice President for Administration to Vice President for Administration and Planning.
    2.  Darryl Bridges will move from the position of Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation to the position of Vice President for Finance and Facilities.
    3.  Alissa Warters’ title will change from Associate Provost for Enrollment Management to Vice President for Enrollment Management.
    4,  Teresa Ramey will move from the position of Vice President for Student Affairs to the position of Vice President for Regional and Community Programs.
    5.  Chris Kennedy will move from the position of Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Programs to the position of Vice President for Student Life.
  •  The following Capital Projects for 2019-2021 were discussed:
    1.  The exterior of all twelve of the Village apartment buildings will be renovated, and the cost will be $1.2 million. The project will take place during the summer of 2019.
    2.  The university is in the process of selecting an architect and construction team for the new Honors Learning Center. The building will be located between the Cauthen Education Media Center and Parking Lot E.  It is anticipated that construction of the building will be complete by the fall of 2020.  The cost of this building is $3.4 million dollars.
    3.  The Bruce and Lee Foundation gifted the university 146 acres of land which includes a 20 acre deep water, spring fed lake. A Freshwater Ecology Center will be built on this land, which will include a conference center and classroom/laboratory building.  The focus of instruction and research on this site will be fresh water quality and fresh water fisheries.  There is $5 million in proposed state appropriations for this facility in the 2019-2020 state budget.  Provided that the legislature approves the budget, it is anticipated that construction will begin in fall of 2020 with completion in summer/fall of 2021.
    4.  Renovations to the Smith University Center are also planned. The work will include revamping of both locker rooms, repurposing the existing racquetball courts as training and storage rooms, and improving existing shower areas.  The cost of the renovations is projected to be $1.2 million.  In addition, a visiting team locker room will be added to the field house. The funding for the renovations will involve an extension of the existing bond for three additional years and will entail no increase in the amount of the university’s current bond payment .The project will begin in fall of 2019, with the completion anticipated to be in fall of 2021.
    5.  The university will be renovating the old Florence Post Office Building downtown as a Medical Education Complex. $8 million in state funding has already been allocated for this work.  The building will house an Occupational Therapy program, a Behavioral Health Clinic, classroom, conference rooms, laboratories, and offices.
  • Appreciation was extended to the board for approving the resolution to increase dining services fees.  It was also noted that the increase is strictly for Dining Services, and does not include an increase in housing fees.

In concluding his report, Dr. Carter reminded the trustees that, following the board meeting, the Alumni Awards Reception and Ceremony will be held at the Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:00.  He also congratulated Dr. Dozier on being named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Unfinished Business:

Dr. Dozier reminded the board members that the deadline for filing their Statement of Economic Interest Form is March 30.  He also extended appreciation to the board for their contributions to the First Generation Fund.

New Business:

None

Executive Session

None

Dr. Dozier adjourned the meeting at 5:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Floyd L. Keels
Secretary