BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
Ervin Dining Hall, Hendrick Room
Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson, Chairman
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
Mr. William Edward Gunn
Mrs. Patricia C. Hartung
Mr. Stephen N. Jones
Ms. Karen A. Leatherman
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. George C. McIntyre
Mr. Mark S. Moore
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
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Ms. Rebecca Cross, Morning News Reporter
Mr. D. Lee Daugherty, II, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving
Mrs. Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Mrs. Joyce Durant, Dean of the Library
Mr. Jonathan P. Edwards, General Counsel
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production and Web Design Coordinator
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. Peter King, Provost
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
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
Dr. Hari K. Rajagopalan, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Marketing
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Ms. Melissa Rollins, Darlington News and Press Reporter
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. Jackson called the meeting to order at 3:00 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 brought the minutes of the March 1, 2018 meeting before the board for approval. There being no objections, the minutes received unanimous approval by the board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. Jackson presented the following resolutions, which come from the committee with unanimous approval.
- Resolution 04-18 for Approval of Annual Self Evaluation Reviews for the Francis Marion University Board of Trustees. Mr. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
- Resolution 06-18 for the Naming of the Tom Roop Physiology Lab. Mr. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
- Resolution 07-18 for the Naming of the David M. Peterson Nuclear Physics Laboratory. Mr. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
- Resolution 08-18 for the Naming of Heyward Drive. Mr. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
In concluding his report, Mr. Jackson stated that no further action was taken by the committee.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mr. Moore reported the following information that was shared with the committee:
- Nine orientations are scheduled for new freshmen and transfer students over the course of the summer, and the Office of Admissions has already conducted three of these sessions. One of the orientations was part of the Scholarship Awards Day held on April 28, and 90 scholarship awardees attended the event. In addition, the first overnight orientation was held June 11-12, and the first transfer orientation was held on June 14. The next orientation session is scheduled for June 25.
- A total of 136 new freshmen have accepted scholarship offers for the 2018-2019 academic year, which includes two McNair Scholarships, two Konduros Scholarships, and five Heart of the Pee Dee Scholarships.
- The Center for Academic Success and Advisement has offered the Swampfox Seminar again this year. There are 13 students enrolled for this session which ends on June 21.
- There were 346 (334 undergraduate and 12 graduate) students that received degrees in May 2018, bringing the current total of graduates for 2017-2018 to 655.
- The faculty has elected members for the Professional Experience and Knowledge Committee in preparation for the PEAK program to begin in Fall 2018.
- The SC Commission on Higher Education has recently approved the following academic programs:
1. Master of Education in Teaching and Learning
2. Bachelor of Science in History with an option in Secondary Education
3. Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Informatics
- Resolution 05-18 for Ratifying the two new options of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Master of Science in Nursing was presented to the board, which comes from the committee with unanimous approval. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
- Rogers Library is in the process of installing a new security system which uses radio frequency identification. The installation should be completed sometime during the Fall 2018 semester.
Mr. Moore concluded his report.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Elmore shared the following report with the board:
Development and Foundation:
- The Performing Arts Center has the following shows coming up:
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
- The Outlaws
- Kris Kristofferson
- A Christmas Carol
- The following scholarships are now fully endowed:
- Dr. Morgan Coker Scholarship
- Dr. Linda Jacobs Scholarship
- Lillie-Kate Scholarship
- Two new municipal scholarships have been established:
1. Marion Municipal Scholarship
2. Mullins Municipal Scholarship
- Two grants have been received from the Duke Energy Foundation.
1. Mechanical Engineering Program Support – $50,000 approved for program equipment
2. Non-Profit Training Support – Focus on grant writing and management. Scholarships and grants for select NPLI participants.
- The Education Foundation received and unmodified opinion on their recent audit.
- Homecoming was a great success. This year a Homecoming Eve Event was added, and the attendance was so large that a new venue may have to be chosen or another day may need to be added to the Homecoming festivities.
- Eleven new Alumni Board members have been elected.
- Sonoco is sponsoring a Patriot Power Lunch on July 17, and other regional alumni events are being planned.
Mr. Elmore concluded his report
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Jones shared the following information from the committee meeting:
- Spring 2018 revenue collection completed with 99.8% of the target budget reached.
- It is anticipated that approximately 99% of budgeted revenue will have been collected by fiscal year-end.
- As of June 6, 87.1% of general funds were expended which is in line with the projected percentage of 92% and is also comparable to the percentage of expenditures at this time last year.
- Our total employee headcount is 503 and FTE is 450.69. The four-year change Is 16 for headcount and 13.39 for FTE There was an increase in headcount of 1 due to the creation of the Director of Institutional Planning position which will assist the university in the management of the accreditation process.
- The Office of Financial Assistance noted no change to the aid report since the last quarterly update.
- Resolution 09-18 for University Budget Approval. Mr. Jackson brought the resolution before the board for approval. There being no objections, the resolution received unanimous approval by the board.
Mr. Jones concluded his report.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Bryson presented the following information reported to the committee:
- The Student Life Awards were held on April 17. The Leadership Legacy Awards went to Freddricka Pressley and Marcedes Smith, and the Student Organization of the Year Award went to Baptist Christian Ministries. The Advisor of the Year was awarded to Mr. David Baxley.
- .New Freshmen Move-in is scheduled for August 18.
- Welcome Week is being planned for August 18 – 24.
- The Student Government Association executive officers will be attending the American Student Government Association New Officers Training in Orlando, Florida July 19-22.
- The average GPA for student athletes in Spring 2018 was 2.942, exceeding the average GPA for all undergraduate students for Spring 2018 which was 2.364.
- There were 108 Patriot student athletes named to the Swamp Fox Honor Roll for Spring 2018.
- There were 9 student athletes inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma National Athletic Honor Society, bringing the total over the past 18 years to 184.
- Womens basketball players, Briana Burgins and Brooke Dixon, and men’s baseball player, Arien Seymour, were awarded the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards for 2018.
- The men’s basketball team went to the NCAA regionals where they lost on a buzzer beater to UNC Pembroke.
- The jersey of men’s basketball player, Detrick Browning, was retired at the Athletic Gala on April 23.
Mr. Bryson concluded his report.
Dr. Carter made the following comments during his report:
- Appreciation was extended to the trustees for passing Resolution 09-18 for University Budget Approval. This 2% tuition increase is the lowest of all state universities that have increased their tuition for 2018-19.
- The Rainwater Building, which was conveyed by the City of Florence to the university, is the university’s fifth building downtown. This building will be used to incubate new businesses as well as provide support to existing small businesses throughout the Pee Dee Region. In addition, it will house the university’s new art gallery which will be curated by the Fine Arts department
- Regarding the State Budget for 2018-19, the following items are tentatively included for FMU:
- $8 million for renovation of the Old Post Office Building. This building should satisfy needs for the Health Science and Medical Science programs for the next 10 to15 years.
- $2.4 million for the new Honors Learning Center
- An increase of $544,000 in recurring base funds
- The new Speech Therapy program is set to begin in Fall 2018.
- A proposal to create a new Mechanical Engineering program will be brought before the faculty during the Fall 2018 semester. Upon approval by the faculty, the proposal will then be brought before the board for approval either at the Fall 2018 meeting or the Winter 2019 meeting.
- Appreciation was extended to the trustees for approving Resolution 05-18 for Ratifying the two new options of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Master of Science in Nursing.
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Mr. Jackson recognized new trustee, Mr. H. Paul Dove, Jr.
Mr. Jackson stated that this meeting marks the end of his two-year term as Chair of the Board, and he then turned over the gavel to the new Chair, Mr. Lee. Mr. Jackson extended his appreciation for the opportunity to serve as Chair.
Mr. Lee stated that he and the new Vice-Chair, Dr. Dozier, will be working on committee assignments for 2018-19 and asked that the trustees let him or Dr. Dozier know if they wish to serve on a certain committee.
Then, Mr. Lee presented Mr. Jackson a plaque to recognize him and show appreciation for his service as Chair of the Board.
Mr. Lee adjourned the meeting at 3:45 pm.
Floyd L. Keels