Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 4:30 pm –4:55 pm

Mr. Robert E. Lee, Chairman

Mr. Jody Bryson
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mr. H. Paul Dove, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. Benjamin I. Duncan, II
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman
Member Emeritus
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
Mr. Jordan Brotherton, WPDE Photographer
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Mr. D. Lee Daugherty, II, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
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
Ms. Connor Graham, Student Government Association President
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. Derek Jokisch – Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department and Professor of Physics
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. Patricia J. Munn, Director of Public Relations
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
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

Mr. Lee called the meeting to order at 4:30 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 August 8, 2018 meeting before the board for approval.  Mr. Gunn made a motion that the minutes be approved, and Mr. Jackson seconded the motion.  The minutes received unanimous approval by the board.

Executive Affairs Committee:

Mr. Lee presented Resolution 11-18 for the Naming of Farrah Turner Park, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Mr. Lee 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.

  • Resolution 10-18 for Approving the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Francis Marion University was presented to the board, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval.  Bryson made a motion that the resolution be approved, and Mr. Jones seconded the motion.  The resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
  • Total enrollment for Fall 2018 has increased by 5% from Fall 2017. In addition, New Freshmen enrollment has increased by 9% and graduate enrollment has increased by almost 40% from last year.
  • Bryson recognized Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Rogers Library, and extended appreciation for her many years of service as she will be retiring at the end of December.

Mr. Bryson concluded his report.

Development and Alumni Committee:

Mr. Moore shared the following report with the board:

Development and Foundation:

  • The FMU Education Foundation has initiated the First Generation Fund which will be used to award need-based scholarships to our first generation students. Letters regarding the fund are currently being sent out, and initial donations have already been received.
  • The Performing Arts Center is having a great fall season with performances by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Kris Kristofferson.  The next show will be A Christmas Carol on December 13.


  • The Alumni Office is in the process of planning for Homecoming 2019 and the Annual Alumni Reception and Ceremony.  In addition, they are planning Patriot Power Lunches and Regional Alumni Receptions.

Mr. Moore concluded his report

Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:

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


  • The university has completed its 2017-2018 audit and has submitted it to the Comptroller General’s Office in a timely manner.  The auditor issued an unqualified opinion and no adjustments were proposed.  A Request for Proposal will be issued this year for a new audit firm since the current one has served the university for a number of years.
  • Federal grants were audited in accordance with federal regulations and were given a separate opinion by the auditor which is required by current regulations. An unqualified opinion was issued by the audit firm, but there was one minor compliance finding related to financial aid which has been rectified.

Budget Summary:

  • Summer II 2018 revenue collection was finalized at $817,000.
  • $19.1 million of Fall 2018 revenue has been received, which equals 101.6% of the budgeted revenue.
  • As of the report date, 29% of general funds had been expended, which is on target with the projected expenditures as of the reporting date (33.3%).
  • Total employee headcount for the university is currently 502, and FTE is 448.19.  The four-year change is 9 for headcount and 8.33 for FTE.
  • Notes regarding financial assistance:
    1. The Federal Perkins Loan program has been discontinued.
    2. The amount of funds available for the Palmetto Fellows program has increased by $85,000.
    3. Total financial aid for 2018-19 is estimated to be $52.3 million.

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 Government Association president, Ms. Connor Graham, gave a report to the committee on the many activities that the SGA has offered to the students during the fall semester and those that are scheduled so far for the spring semester.
  • The Student Affairs Office has begun sponsoring a Senior Night at The Cottage.
  • Leadership FMU has started its 10th year of student leadership training.  There will be a recognition ceremony on November 19 for those students that participated during the fall semester.


  • 14 student athletes were named as Academic All-Americans.
  • 30 student athletes were on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 Athletic Director Association Achievement Awards List, which requires a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • 98 student athletes were named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll, which requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • The men’s soccer team lost in the semi-finals of the conference tournament.
  • The women’s volleyball team lost in the quarter-finals of the conference tournament.
  • The women’s basketball team upset #21 Wingate University in a season opener on the road.
  • The men’s basketball team currently has a record of 1-1 and will play tonight at 6:00.

Mr. Dove concluded his report.

President’s Report:

Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:

  • The Florence Morning News published an article in this morning’s issue regarding tuition cost for public and private universities in South Carolina, which was based on data compiled by The State newspaper. The article noted that FMU has the lowest net cost of any university in the state and is also $2500 less than our nearest university competitor.
  • A First Generation Fund solicitation is underway to help fund scholarships specifically for those students who are first-generation college students.
  • Appreciation is extended to the board for approving the resolution for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  In approximately five years, approval will be sought to start a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
  • Our Speech Therapy program started this year.  In three to four years, approval will be sought to begin an Occupational Therapy program.  Then, three to four years after the Occupational Therapy program begins, approval will be sought to initiate a Physical Therapy program.
  • The faculty is currently conducting a feasibility study for a Masters in Environmental Science.  A proposal to create this program should be brought to the board in the spring of 2019.
  • The university received a substantial state appropriation during the summer after the vetoes of two appropriation items were overridden.  Appreciation is extended to Sen. Hugh Leatherman, Rep. Jay Lucas, Rep. Terry Alexander, Rep. Jay Jordan, Rep. Roger Kirby, and Rep. Phillip Lowe for their help in overriding these vetoes.
  • Renovation of the Old Post Office and construction of the new Honors Center should begin soon.  It is expected that the Honors Center will be occupied by summer of 2020, followed by the Old Post Office building between fall of 2020 and spring of 2021.

In concluding his report, Dr. Carter reminded the trustees that they are invited to the men’s basketball game following the board meeting.  The game begins at 6:00.

Unfinished Business:
Comments were made by Mr. Lee, Dr. Dozier, and Mr. Jackson encouraging all trustees to contribute to the First Generation Scholarship Fund.

New Business:


Executive Session:


Mr. Lee adjourned the meeting at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Floyd L. Keels