BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, February 1, 2008 – 11:35 am –12:16pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman
Mrs. Teresa C. Anderson
Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., Member Emeritus
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Dr. Kenneth M. Autrey, Chair of the Faculty
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Cooper, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator
Mrs. Kimberly G. Davis, Assistant Director of Institutional Research & Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mrs. Rachel R. Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrolment Management
Mr. Robert E. Merritt, University Attorney
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students
Mr. Everett Robinson, SGA President
Mr. James L. Schlimmer, Director of Admissions
Mrs. Kim O. Turbeville, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. Julian M. Young, Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator
Mr. George McIntyre called the meeting to order at 11:35 am. He then asked Mrs. Rachel Hamaie to call the roll. Mr. McIntyre then noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and a quorum was present.
Mr. McIntyre presented the minutes of the November 9, 2007 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mrs. Gail Richardson made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Robert Lee. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Dr. Randy Dozier began by welcoming Mr. James Schlimmer, the new Director of Admissions.
Preliminary enrollment figures for the Spring 2008 semester show a headcount of 3547 with an FTE of 2987. This is an increase over the enrollment for last Spring. Also, for 2007-2008 the office of Financial Aid awarded 34 million dollars in aid to 3200 students. In light of concern about the state’s budget situation, there will be fewer new and replacement faculty hired this year than during the past two years.
Dr. Dozier then thanked Dr. Ken Autrey for his years of service as the Faculty Chairperson. This will be his last year in this position. Mr. Keith Best has agreed to run for this office. Dr. Fred Carter then added that the Commencement Committee has unanimously endorsed Dr. Autrey as one of the Honorary Degree Recipients at this Spring’s Commencement.
Because this year is an election year, there have been several campaign events recently held on campus involving appearances by Ms. Chelsea Clinton, Mr. Chris Tucker, Mr. Mitt Romney, and others. There are several cultural and academic events planned for this month such as the Physics Scholars Institute from February 21, 2008 through February 23, 2008 and the Statewide Drama Festival from February 22, 2008 through February 24, 2008. In addition, plans are already being made for next fall’s Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival.
Lastly, Dr. Dozier thanked Dr. Wages for her hard work and preparation for the SACS reaccreditation review. SACS representatives will visit the University from March 17, 2008 through March 19, 2008.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. W. Coleman began by summarizing a report given by Mr. Jay Dowd during the committee meeting. Mr. Dowd updated the committee concerning the new Education Foundation Building. This building continues to house student health services in addition to housing many non-profit organizations.
The Foundation Board held their bi-annual retreat from January 24, 2008 through January 26, 2008, which was very informative and interactive. The Rural Assistance Leadership Institute and the Non-Profit Leadership Institute continue to do well. NPLI currently has 30 members with 60% coming from outside of the Florence Area. An NPLI alumni event is planned for March 7, 2008 followed by a reception at the President’s House. There will also be an opportunity for them to learn about the current issues facing the General Assembly with a panel of legislators that afternoon. RALI is making great strides with the 3 pilot counties of Marlboro, Williamsburg, and Marion. Classes are engaged and are developing projects to most benefit their communities.
The annual Foundation Golf Tournament is scheduled for March 14, 2008. This tournament is sponsored by BB&T with additional sponsorship by Sodexho, The Yahnis Corporation, Victor’s Bistro, King Cadillac, Crown Beverage, Capstone, Pepsi, & Carolinas Hospital. To date there are 6 hole sponsors and 18 teams with 17 players. The goal for this year’s tournament is 120 players to contribute $18,000 each into the Tom Davidson Scholarship and into the Pete Peterson Scholarship for a total of $36,000.
A series of informational Alumni luncheons are to be held across the state. The first luncheon was held in Hartsville with approximately 12 in attendance. The concept of these luncheons is to get alumni more involved with the University and to increase gift-giving opportunities.
Mr. Coleman then summarized a report presented to the committee by Mrs. Libby Cooper. On January 31, 2008, the Alumni Membership Dinner was held. Mr. Ted Mannes, class of 1980, was honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of 2008. Rachel Turner, class of 2000, received the Young Alumnus Award. Brent Tiller, class of 2000, was named the Alumni Volunteer of 2008. Homecoming this year will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 with the theme of Join the Revolution. Prior to homecoming, the School of Education will host a wine and cheese reception on February 28, 2008. The School of business will host a breakfast on February 29, 2008. In addition an event will be held on Friday night at Red Bone Alley and at The Grill after the game on Saturday.
Last November, the Department of Biology held an event for biology alumni. Two graduates, Ms. Karen Leatherman and Ms. Melissa Timmons, were honored for their career achievements. Saturday, January 12, 2008 the Alumni Advisory Board spent the day at Francis Marion University for a planning retreat.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. McIntyre presented resolution 01-08, Resolution for the Naming of the Henry Booker and Nellie Cooke Sparrow Baseball Stadium, with the full recommendation of the Executive Committee. Mr. Jackson seconded this motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Hal Campbell presented resolution 02-08, Resolution for the Adjustment of Housing Fees. This resolution calls for a 5% increase in housing rates. Mr. Coleman made a motion to approve the resolution. Mr. Kenneth Jackson seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. Campbell then presented resolution 03-08, Resolution for the Adjustment of the Student Activity Fee. This resolution will increase the fees by $25 to bring the total cost to $122.50. Mr. Robert Lee made a motion to approve the resolution. Mr. Jackson seconded the motion. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Additionally, during the committee meeting a facilities update was presented to the Board. The Construction for the Center for the Child has begun. The pool renovations are complete. Lastly, Mr. Campbell asked the Board to review the Budget Summary under Tab 5 in the board notebooks.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mrs. Gail Richardson began by informing the Board that the current average GPA for student athletes is 2.859. This figure has steadily increased over the past few years. It has also been a good year for fundraising. $163,000 has been raised from 822 donors.
It has been an excellent year for women’s basketball. They are currently 14 and 2. They are reported 1st in the NCAA and have approximately 1000 fans at each game.
Mrs. Richardson then reported that Mr. Bridges informed the Board that as of July 1, 2008 FMU will be a smoke-free campus. FMU will be the 2nd institution in South Carolina to do this after Lander. Lastly, Mrs. Richardson introduced Mr. Robby Robinson, the current SGA president, to the Board.
Dr. Carter began by asking Sen. Leatherman to inform the Board of the current state of the budget of South Carolina, since it is likely to be a difficult financial year.
Sen. Leatherman confirmed that it is going to be a difficult financial year. At the start of the budget, the State is currently 160 million dollars short. Because of this shortage there will be some necessary cuts. The economy is clearly in a decline. Though the current shortage is based on the situation as it stands to date, more economic decline could worsen this situation.
Dr. Carter thanked Sen. Leatherman and then asked the Board if they would permit him to present some information on the Performing Arts Center. The architects are currently working on bid-quality plans. This process should begin within 60 days. There may be some changes to the façade of the building. The onyx columns may be replaced by a glazed glass front. The exterior will be built of white marble and Winnsboro grey granite. The cost of the building should be between 30-32 million dollars. Dr. Carter then informed the Board that the Bruce & Lee Foundation voted to give the University an additional $5 million for the project. The current monies raised for this building are $12 million from the State of South Carolina, $15 million from the Bruce & Lee Foundation and $3 million from the City of Florence. This will be a substantial contribution to the City of Florence and to the Pee Dee Region. Assuming an 18 month construction plan and that the schedule is kept with regards to the bidding process, this facility should be finished at the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010.
Dr. Carter then presented information on the proposal development of the West Campus. Initially the University will build a 2500 seat baseball stadium with the capability to add to and extend this seating over time. The back of the baseball stadium will face 76 / 301 which will give the opportunity for a façade similar to that of Pelican Stadium at Myrtle Beach. The University will also build a 500 seat softball field. The core wetlands will remain with boardwalks built across to leave the park-like nature that is enjoyed on the FMU central campus. There will also be an access road which runs parallel to US 76 which will open up to an additional 80 spaces with access to the soccer fields and the track areas. On the back side of this land approximately 25% has been left undeveloped so that future administrations and boards will have additional lands with which to work. A new observatory may be constructed on the back of these lands away from the light pollution that is a problem for the current location.
One structure not funded in the current plan is the athletic field house. This will be a 15,000 ft² facility, hopefully constructed with private funds. As we have been able to do with many facilities on campus such as the Nursing Building and The Grill, we are trying to secure additional growth opportunities for the University. These facilities will move us in that direction.
Mr. McIntyre reminded the Board of the next Board Meeting date, June 6, 2008. This date may be changed as the budget changes and develops. Also, the Retreat will be held on Friday, August 8, 2008 and Saturday, August 9, 2008.
Mr. Jackson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The Board adjourned the meeting at 12:16 pm.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt