BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Friday, June 17, 2011 – 11:30am –12:05pm
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Mr. James A. Brown
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Ms. Melissa Emery
Mr. R. Tracy Freeman
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood, Sr.
Dr. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mr. D. Keith Best, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Public and Community Affairs
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Public Information Coordinator
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Dr. Rebecca H. Flannagan, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of English
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Secretary of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Mrs. D. Ashley Jacobs, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Peter King, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Tucker Mitchell, Regional Editor of Media General/Morning News
Dr. Jeannette Myers, Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate Programs and
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. William Coleman called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Mr. Coleman then noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and that a quorum was present.
Mr. Coleman presented the minutes of the March 4, 2011 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. Eddie Gunn made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Gail Richardson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Coleman presented Resolution 01-11, Resolution for the Naming of Griffin Athletic Complex, Hartzler Soccer Field, Webb Plaza and Hawkins Press Box. Mr. Coleman then made a motion for the approval of Resolution 01-11.The motion was seconded by Mr. Ken Jackson. The resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Gail Richardson began by reporting that Dr. Richard Chapman introduced Dr. Jeannette Myers, the new Assistant Provost and Director of Graduate Programs, in the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee meeting. Mrs. Richardson then announced that FMU will begin the approvals process this summer for the Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner and the Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Educator programs. The Nurse Practitioner program will begin with 20 to 24 students and grow to 30 by year three. The Nurse Educator program will be taught both traditionally and online and will begin with 12 students and grow to 24.
Mrs. Richardson then reported that the number of admitted students is up for the fall 2011 semester. She also reported that FMU has 2 new McNair scholars–a young woman from Sumter and young man from Florence–who will be great assets to the university.
The financial assistance office has offered 46 million dollars in all forms of financial aid, including loans and grants. Beginning with the next academic year, Pell grants will only be available during the fall and spring semesters and will not be available for summer sessions. Professor Travis Knowles will take the first field biology class to the Wildsumaco Biological Field Station in Ecuador in July.
Mrs. Richardson then presented Resolution 02-11, Resolution for Approving the Revised Francis Marion Honor Code. Mr. W. Coleman made a motion to approve Resolution 02-11. Mr. Lee seconded the motion. The Resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Brad Boles reported that the Non-Profit Leadership Institute (NPLI) completed its 9th year of operation in April 2011 with 31 people enrolled. There were 14 people from the Pee Dee and 17 from outside the Pee Dee. In March 2011 the annual alumni workshop was held on campus and the feedback was that the presentation was very valuable.
The Rural Area Leadership Initiative (RALI) will kick off this fall 2011. With funding from the Psaras Foundation, the institute will focus on two phases of leadership development. Phase one will consist of individual leadership skill development and phase two will focus on how to use those individual skills and apply them to leading community based initiatives. As of now, they are working in Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg and Dillon Counties. They will expand to five additional counties including: Chesterfield, Darlington, Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties.
The FMU Foundation has now moved to a calendar year and they received a short year audit report for July 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010. The report was very positive revealing that the Foundation’s assets as of December 31, 2010 were $24,598,327.
On June 22, 2011, the Foundation’s Investments Committee will meet and entertain presentations regarding the managed assets. This is not an indication of any displeasure of its current portfolio manager, but the board is doing its proper due diligence.
The golf tournament was held on March 11, 2011 at the Country Club of South Carolina. Proceeds went to the Lorraine DeMontluzin Library Fund. The sponsors for this event were as follows:
Pinnacle Network Solutions/Brent Tiller
Pee Dee Electric Coop/Toy Nettles
King Cadillac/Reamer King
Crown Beverages Inc. /Schipp Johnston
The Yahnis Company/Byron Yahnis
Mr. Boles stated that since December 2010, The Konduros Fisherman Donor Advised Fund has already distributed $87,326 in grants.
Mr. Boles then congratulated the Student Alumni Association for receiving the FMU Student Organization of the year award for the second consecutive year in a row. Then he announced the new Student Alumni Association officers that were chosen on April 12, 2011:
Ms. Bridgette Florence, President;
Mr. Shelby Moses, Vice President;
Ms. Cristeena Redding, Secretary;
Ms. Quanisha Nesmith, Treasurer.
Coach Kevin Varnado and Mr. Kenny Eisiminger organized the annual Soccer Alumni weekend that took place on April 15 – 16, 2011. Approximately 35 players and their families participated in the weekend events. The new graduates’ reception was held on May 7, 2011 following commencement and was well attended.
On June 14, 2011, special recognition was given to the following alumni board members who completed their three year term:
Dr. Shirley Bausmith ’91, ’94;
Ms. LaTasha Brand ’02;
Brian Denny ’98;
Tracy Freeman ’92;
Beth Peterson Morton ’07.
The new Alumni Association Board Officers are as follows:
President – James “Arty” Harrell ’85 – Sonoco;
Vice President – Mary Kaye Haney;
Secretary – Brian Kelly ’96 – Pee Dee Electric.
The new Alumni Association Board Members are as follows:
Dwayne Brockington ’93 – First Reliance Bank;
Joyce Durant ’73 – Dean, FMU Library;
Pete Gioldasis ’95 – Sonoco;
Brian Kennedy ’09 – Moore Farms.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Dr. Randall Dozier began by stating that the quarterly budget summary report revealed that the budget for this year is relatively stable and there were no mid-year budget cuts. Then, he presented Resolution 03-11, Resolution for University Budget Approval. Dr. Randy Dozier made a motion for the approval of Resolution 03-11. Mrs. Gail Richardson seconded the motion. Mr. W. Coleman asked if there is any discussion. Mr. Jimmy Brown moved to discuss what a great job the administration does at FMU. He commended the FMU administration for the increase in enrollment and the 2.2% increase in FTEs over the last four years. Then, Dr. Carter made a correction to the Financial Affairs report. He told the Board that there were no mid – year budget cuts to state appropriations, but the 2011-2012 state appropriations are 5% less than in 2010 – 2011. There was a reduction in next year’s appropriations. The budget is not stable, we did lose a 5% appropriation, but it did not come mid – year this year. Our total now for state appropriations is about 17% to 18% as a shared state appropriation on our base budget. Dr. Carter reported that when he arrived here 12 years ago this university was 65% to 68%.
Dr. Dozier commented that FMU still has one of the lowest tuitions of all public institutions in the state. Then, Mr. Coleman announced that they had a motion and second on the floor in favor of Resolution 03-11. The Resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Dr. Dozier then gave a facilities update. The Performing Arts Center architects have completed their punch list but there are still a few technical issues working with the office of state engineers and the fire marshal. The work on the fountain at the front of the building will begin soon. The stone will be shipped next week. The Performing Arts Center grand opening gala will be September 9 – 12, 2011 and he asked that the Board mark their calendars.
Dr. Dozier reported that the work still continues on the Athletic Complex. Site work continues and the lake excavation is complete. There has been soil removal on the baseball field. The dugout, walls and backstops are now complete. The softball walls and soccer field is now complete. The Ervin Dining Hall renovation is moving along on schedule. The restrooms should be substantially complete next week with the facility substantially complete the first week in August.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Ken Jackson began by reporting that the Career Development Office received a message from JP Morgan Chase thanking them for connecting them with FMU students. Currently there are 12 FMU graduates working at JP Morgan Chase and more starting soon.
There is going to be a Student Affairs Advisory board that will consist of faculty, staff, students and one parent with the goal to inform, generate ideas and assess the division of Student Affairs.
The Student Government elections were held and the new officers are:
President – William “Cody” Simpson;
Vice President – Ronald Gailliard;
Secretary – Shayla Williams;
Treasurer – Miesha Thompson.
Mr. Jackson then asked the Board to mark their calendars for the new student move-in on Saturday, August 20, 2011. He stated that it is a good time to meet new students, parents and eat a good hot dog lunch.
Next, Mr. Jackson gave an Athletics report. The student athlete GPA was 2.80 compared to the all university 2.63 for the spring semester. Nine of our student athletes were inducted into Phi Alpha Sigma which is a national athlete honor society. The FMU baseball team had a successful year. They were ranked 9th in the nation with a 41-16 record. They swept all four major conference awards. Art Inabinet was named Coach of the Year, Buddy Sosnoskie was named Co-Player of the Year, Don Sandifer was named Pitcher of the Year and Michael Wilson was named Freshman of the Year.
The men’s tennis team finished with a 10-8 record and number 17 nationally. They made their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament over the last 17 years. Oshada Wijemanne was named Senior Player of the Year for the southeast region. FMU concluded the women’s tennis season ranked number 30 nationally. They earned the Peach Belt Conference Team Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive year.
Mr. Jackson reported that former FMU women’s basketball player, 1979 graduate and May 7, 2011 honorary degree recipient, Pearl Moore was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 11, 2011. The Swamp Fox fundraising effort finished up about $8,000.00 over last year. Mr. Jackson concluded his report by thanking Mr. Murray Hartzler and Mrs. Teresa Ramey on behalf of the Board for all of their great work.
Dr. Fred Carter began by thanking the Board for their continuing support of the faculty and staff. The turnout at the African American Coalition dinner last night underscored the extent to which the staff is strongly appreciative of the Board and its activities.
Dr. Carter then reported that enrollment applications have increased by 10%, which is about 200 more students than last year. It looks as though we will have a very robust freshman class beginning in August. He praised Dr. Peter King and his staff for coordinating the recruitment and admissions effort.
Dr. Carter then outlined the process for developing the Nurse Practitioner program during the upcoming year. He anticipates admitting the first class in January, 2013 and graduating 35 Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Educators within the next 4-5 years.
Then, Dr. Carter briefly mentioned that the Governor’s performance funding initiative continues to move along; The Council of Presidents has been meeting during the course of the summer and are now putting together the details of the five performance criteria.
Next, he thanked the Board for its support of the Performing Arts Center over the past years by presenting a commemorative block of Winnsboro Blue granite to each Trustee in honor of the Center’s opening in September.
Finally, Dr. Carter recognized that this is Mr. William W. Coleman’s final meeting as Chairman. He thanked him for his service to the board and his support for the faculty, staff and administration.
Mr. Coleman thanked the Board, faculty and staff for a great year. He stated that it is easy to be chairman when everyone supports you 120%. Mr. Coleman then referred to the June 17, 2011 board meeting. He reminded the Board that at the last meeting, the nominating committee nominated the following slate for board officers for 2011-13:
Dr. Randy Dozier, Chairman;
Mrs. Patricia Hartung, Vice Chairman;
Mr. Frank Elmore, Secretary.
Mr. Coleman then asked if there are any other nominations from the floor. Mr. Jim Brown motioned that the nominations be closed. The motion was seconded by Mr. Ken Jackson. The election received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. Coleman then turned the gavel over to Dr. Randall Dozer. Dr. Dozier thanked Mr. Coleman for his years of service and presented him with a chairman plaque. Dr. Dozier thanked the Board, Dr. Carter, the faculty and staff for their support.
Dr. Dozier began by referring to the list of Board Officers and Committees in their notebooks. He asked the Board members to let him know if they like where they are serving and they want to continue to serve, or if they would like be a chairman of one of those committees so that this information can be determined before the August retreat.
Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Coleman seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:05 pm.
L. Franklin Elmore