BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Thursday, June 20, 2019 – 3:00 pm –3:25 pm

Presiding:
Mr. Robert E. Lee, Chair

Present:
Mr. Jody Bryson
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 (by phone)
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones (by phone)
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
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 Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
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. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
Mr. Larry Falck, Director of Multimedia Services
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
Ms. Kendria Mason, Student Government Association President
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
Dr. Hari K. Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mrs. Allison M. Steadman, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts – Costume Design
Mrs. Anna Todd, Associate Director of Admissions
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration and Planning
Ms. Demetra Walker, Dean of the Library
Dr. Alissa Warters, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Mr. Lee called the meeting to order at 3:00 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 February 28, 2019 meeting before the board for approval.   Mr. Coleman made a motion that the minutes be approved, and Dr. O’Kelly seconded the motion.  The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

Mr. Lee presented Resolution 02-19 for the Acceptance of the Gift of Property from the FMU Education Foundation to the board, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Mrs. Hartung made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. McIntyre seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the board.

Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:

Mr. Bryson gave the following report.

  • The committee received various reports from the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences. A special report was also given by the Department of Physics and Engineering.
  • There are ten orientations scheduled for the spring and summer, and the Office of Admissions has already hosted three of these sessions. Scholarship Awards Day was the first orientation which was held on April 27, and 80 scholarship recipients and their families attended this event.  There were 226 students that came to the first freshman orientation on June 10.  In addition, there were 71 students that attended the first transfer orientation on June 13.  The next orientation, scheduled for June 24-25, will be our only freshman overnight orientation.  There are currently 193 students registered to attend this session.
  • Dual Credit Enrollment is doing well, and the number of students taking dual enrollment classes continues to grow.
  • There were 308 students (290 undergraduate and 18 graduate) that graduated at the May 2019 commencement.
  • Five new academic programs were started during the 2018-19 academic year. In addition, the Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering programs are scheduled to begin in the Spring 2020 semester.

Mr. Bryson concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Moore shared the following report with the board:

Development and Foundation:

  • Several new scholarships have been established, some of which include need-based criteria.
  • The Education Foundation was given an unmodified opinion on its annual audit.
  • The Performing Arts Center has a number of shows already scheduled for the upcoming season including The Temptations, Steve Earle and the Dukes, The Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Webb, The Texas Tenors, and Shawn Colvin.  More events are currently being scheduled.

Alumni:

  • The Alumni Affairs office is beginning a new membership campaign this fall which will offer multiple membership options and continue to boost alumni engagement with the University.

Mr. Moore concluded his report

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

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

  • Spring revenue collection is complete, with the total equaling $16.67 million.  This is 97.6% of the expected revenue.
  • Total General Fund Revenues are $58.8 million, which is 99.1% of the revenue estimate.
  • General funds were 87% expended as of May 31.
  • Financial aid for 2018-19 is currently projected to be $53,741,960.
  • Resolution 03-19 for Approval to Seek Refinancing of the 2009A Athletic Facilities Revenue Bond and New Funding for Athletic Facility Improvements was presented to the board, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Dr. Dozier made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. Bryson seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
  • Resolution 04-19 for University Budget Approval was presented to the board, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Mr. Gunn made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. Coleman seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the board.

Mr. Gunn concluded his report.

Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:

Mr. Dove gave the following committee report in Ms. Leatherman’s absence:

Student Affairs:

  • The Student Life Awards program was held on April 16.
  • Kendria Mason was elected as the new president of the Student Government Association.

Athletics:

  • The Spring 2019 GPA for student athletes was 2.95.
  • 22 student athletes had a perfect 4.0 for the Spring 2019 semester.
  • 199 student athletes had above a 3.0 GPA for the Spring 2019 semester.
  • 12 student athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, bringing the total number to 196.
  • The season records for seven of our teams have improved from last year.
  • The men’s basketball team had its 20th consecutive winning season with a 21-9 season record.  Brandon Parker was co-player of the year in the conference.  The team also went to the NCAA playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Mr. Dove concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • The trustees, faculty, and staff are to be commended for their diligent efforts to make tuition rates continually affordable. Appreciation should also be extended to the state legislators who approved sufficient appropriations to enable the university to forego a tuition increase this year.
  • Preparations are being made for the following construction projects:
    1.  Architectural plans are being drafted for the renovation of the Old Post Office building, which will be the university’s Medical Education Complex. It is anticipated that construction will begin in November or December of this year, and it will take approximately eighteen months to two years for completion.
    2.  The architect and contractor have been selected for the new Honors Center building, and a final set of plans has been selected. It will be located between the Cauthen Educational Media Center and Parking Lot E.  The building will accommodate students in the Honors Program, the International Programs, and the McNair Scholars Program.
    3.  Work is currently being done on the exterior of the Village apartment buildings. FBI Builders is the construction company that is doing the renovations.  It is expected that the buildings will be ready for students to move in for the Fall 2019 semester.
    4.  The board approved a resolution for the transfer of land from the FMU Foundation to the University on which the Freshwater Ecology Center will be built. $5 million in state appropriations is budgeted for construction of these new facilities.
    5.  The board approved a resolution for refinancing of the 2009A Athletic Facilities Bond. This will allow funding to complete the field house at the Griffin Athletic Complex as well as renovations at the Smith University Center, sufficient to revamp the locker rooms and repurpose the existing racquetball courts as training and storage rooms.
    6.  To date, the new First Generation Fund has raised a little over $250,000. This fund is being used specifically to provide scholarships to students who are first generation college students and have a financial need.
    7.  The annual Board Retreat is scheduled for August 1. The Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 that morning, the Board Retreat will begin at 10:00, the committee meetings will begin at 2:00, and the board meeting will begin at 3:30.  The university’s 3-year operational plans will be the centerpiece of the agenda.
    8.  In anticipation of the university’s 50th anniversary on July 1, 2020, a series of events are being planned to celebrate that event. A committee has been appointed to make recommendations for events to celebrate the anniversary, and these recommendations will be discussed at the board retreat on August 1.
    9.  Kispert was recognized and appreciation was extended for his many years of service as he retires from the university on June 30.

Unfinished Business:

None

New Business:

None

Executive Session

None

Mr. Lee adjourned the meeting at 3:25 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Floyd L. Keels
Secretary