BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson, Chairman
Mr. Jody Bryson
Dr. James M. Bunch
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
Rev. Mary M. Finklea
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Floyd L. Keels
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mr. Darryl Bridges, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Foundation
Mr. Thomas Brown, Student Worker – Instructional Technology and Electronic Media Services
Dr. Daphne Carter-McCants, Assistant Dean of Students
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela Crosland, Director of Communications
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Library
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production and Web Design Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca Flannagan, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Executive Director of Public Affairs
Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Reporter for Morning News
Mr. Samuel Smoot, SGA President
Mrs. Anna Poston Todd, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. Alissa Warters, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs
Mr. Bradley W. Wofford, Director of Instructional Technology and Electronic Media Services
Mr. Jackson called the meeting to order at 5:00 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. Jackson then presented a plaque to Mr. McIntyre in recognition of his service as chairman.
Mr. Jackson presented the minutes of the November 5, 2015, Board meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved, and the motion was seconded by Dr. Dozier. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Jackson reported that the committee met and no action was taken.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Dr. Bunch reported the following information that was shared with the committee:
- Dr. Rebecca Flannagan has been elected to serve a fifth term as Chair of the Faculty.
- The Provost Search Committee has selected three candidates that will be coming to campus for interviews.
- Total enrollment for Spring 2016 is 3269.
- The Admissions Office has received 3330 freshman applications as of February 19, and 1840 of these have been accepted. Total applications have increased by 3.4% from this time last year.
- Eleven students were interviewed for the McNair Scholarship, and three have accepted offers extended to them. Interviews are being conducted for other academic scholarships as well. Offers for these scholarships are made in early April, and the deadline to accept is April 29.
- Open House events are being held for prospective students on March 5 and April 9.
- There were 254 undergraduate and 97 graduate degrees conferred at the commencement exercises in December, which is an increase of 46 from Fall 2014.
- The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is increasing by $40 to $5,815.
- Faculty members continue to be involved in research, presentation of papers at conferences, and writing articles for scholarly journals.
- Dr. Bunch congratulated Dr. Chapman on his upcoming retirement in May and extended appreciation for all that he has done for the university.
Dr. Bunch concluded his report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Elmore shared the following report with the Board:
- The Chairman’s Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, March 18, at 12:00 pm at the Country Club of South Carolina.
- The Swamp Fox Club Silent Auction will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center.
- The Education Foundation Scholarship Reception will be held on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:00 pm in the Smith University Center Commons.
- Arts International is scheduled for April 9 in downtown Florence and is being presented jointly by FMU and the City of Florence.
- Homecoming was held on February 6 and included activities such as Patriot Fest, athletic events, and tailgating. The event was jointly sponsored by the Athletic Department, the Student Affairs Office, and the Alumni Affairs Office.
- Alumni awards receptions have been held for the Biology Department, the School of Education, and the School of Business. In addition, the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony will be held on February 25 at 6:00 at the FMU Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Elmore concluded his report.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Jones noted the following items in the Budget Summary Report:
- Spring 2016 tuition revenue totaled $16,095,763, which is just short of the $16,236,797 budget.
- 96% of the Total General Fund Revenue has been received.
- The Total Anticipated Revenue Budget is $87,007,230, and YTD revenue received is $69,803,412.
- General Fund Expenditures are at an expected level, with approximately 55% of the budget expended and 42% of the year still remaining at the time of the report.
- Current employee headcount is 494, and FTE is 441. The 4-year change is 5 for headcount and 5.23 for FTE.
- Financial aid awards for 2015-16 are estimated to be approximately $4 million greater than the amount awarded for 2014-15. This is primarily due to the expected increase in student loans for 2015-1.6
Mr. Jones then gave the following update on facilities:
- The university is approximately six months into its contract with Aramark, the new Dining Services vendor, and things seem to be going well. They have opened a small grocery store in the Ervin Dining Hall called Provisions on Demand as well as a Starbucks which is located by the Lowrimore Auditorium.
- The university has implemented a number of initiatives to improve campus security which will be detailed by Dr. Carter in his report.
Mr. Jones concluded his report.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Bryson presented the following information reported to the committee:
- A recognition ceremony was held for the 29 Leadership FMU participants that completed the program in November. Dr, Jennifer Evans was honored at the ceremony with the Leadership Legacy Alumni Award.
- Career Connections continues to be a useful resource to students who participate. The program is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
- The Freshman Focus program began its third year in February. The program provides freshmen with personal development skills as well as mentorship. This year there are 17 student participants and 17 mentors.
- The Multicultural Advisory Board held an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program on January 27, and Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor was the guest speaker.
- The University Programming Board sponsored a diversity and inclusion event on February 18, and the guest speaker was Dr. Jodi Merriday.
- The Student Government Association will be holding Executive Committee elections in March.
- The average GPA for student athletes at the end of Fall 2015 was 2.92, which is higher than the average GPA for all undergraduate students which was 2.44.
- 89 student athletes were named to the Swamp Fox Club Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2015 semester.
- Two former athletes were named to the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame during the Homecoming festivities on February 6. The inductees were Mary Jackson, a former women’s volleyball and basketball standout, and Michael Colaiacovo, a former distance runner.
- First-year coach, Jeri Porter, has led the women’s basketball team to one of the biggest turn-arounds in the country. The team has moved from a 20-loss season one year ago to a 20-win season this year. The Lady Patriots are ranked third in the Peach Belt Conference East Division standings and are in the running for an NCAA National Tournament berth.
- For the fourth consecutive year, the Peach Belt Conference men’s and women’s tennis tournament will be hosted by Francis Marion University and the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center. The tournament will take place April 22-24.
- For the first time, FMU will host the Peach Belt Conference baseball tournament which will take place May 11-15 on Cormell Field.
Mr. Bryson concluded his report.
Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:
- The university has continued its initiative to enhance campus security by installing more than 70 additional security cameras across campus. Also, Captain Wayne Freeman with SLED facilitated an exercise which involved FMU Senior Staff and local law enforcement and emergency medical agencies. Plans are being made for Captain Freeman to return to campus in May to hold similar workshops for faculty and staff.
- It is anticipated that the General Assembly will allocate a recurring appropriation for the Speech Pathology program and that the Commission on Higher Education will approve the program in early fall. The program will likely begin in 2018 – 2019.
- Dr. Cecil McManus has been hired as the Director of Institutional Research effective March 1. His experience in areas such as progressing through various accreditation processes and developing student learning outcomes criteria will be very beneficial to the entire campus.
- Dr. Carter recognized Sam Smoot and thanked him for his contributions as SGA President. He noted that, as SGA President, Sam has worked closely with the presidents of clubs and organizations across campus to enhance organizational leadership. In addition, he implemented a number of public forums and town halls to allow for more student involvement and discussion regarding relevant topics.
- Dr. Carter congratulated Dr. Flannagan on being elected to her fifth term as Chair of the Faculty. He noted that Dr. Flannagan has worked diligently on revising the faculty bylaws, and he will ask her to make a presentation regarding those revisions at the August board retreat.
- Dr. Ruth Wittmann-Price and the nursing faculty are hoping to develop a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in our Nursing Department. Over the course of the next month to six weeks, nursing consultants will be on campus to guide our Nursing Department through the final application process.
- Construction of the Center for Health Sciences building is progressing well. Plans will be made for Board members to take a tour of the building in late March or early April.
- After this Board meeting, the Alumni Awards Dinner will be held at the Performing Arts Center. Everyone is invited to attend.
- The men’s and women’s basketball teams both had exciting games on the evening of February 24. It is evident that strong coaching and leadership has led to a better season for both teams. The university could not be more proud of both squads.
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Mr. Jackson adjourned the meeting at 5:30 pm.
William Edward Gunn