BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
The Cottage, Hendrick Room
Thursday, June 27, 2013 – 5:30pm –6:10 pm
Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Chairman
Mr. Bradley R. Boles
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Mr. William W. Coleman
Mr. L. Franklin Elmore
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
Mr. W.C. Stanton
Mr. D. Keith Best, Associate Provost & Professor of Theatre Arts – Acting
Mr. Darryl L. Bridges, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Education Foundation
Dr. L. Fred Carter, President
Dr. Richard Chapman, Provost
Ms. Angela R. Crosland, Communications Director
Mr. Larry Falck, Media Production & Web Design Coordinator
Dr. James R. Faulkenberry, Dean, School of Education and Professor of Education
Mr. A. Glen Gourley, Vice Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech – Directing
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. Mac McLeod, Media Production/Instructional Technical Support
Ms. Ellen Meder, Morning News
Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of the School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mr. Julian M. Young, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Dr. H. Randall Dozier called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. He then asked Mrs. Ashley Jacobs to call the roll. Dr. Dozier noted for the record that media notification had been made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, and that a quorum was present.
Dr. Dozier presented the minutes of the March 1, 2013 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. W. Coleman made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tracy Freeman. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Dr. Dozier reported that the Executive Committee met and no action was taken.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Mrs. Trish Hartung began by announcing that Dr. Ron Faulkenberry, Dean of the School of Education, is retiring effective June 30, 2013, and she thanked him for his service. She then made a few announcements:
- There will be around 15 – 16 new members of the faculty beginning this fall, 2013;
- Total enrollment for next year, as compared to last year at the same time, is up slightly;
- The summer orientation/preregistration sessions have been attended thus far by 565 freshmen; and
- 87% of incoming freshmen apply for financial aid.
Mrs. Hartung ended her report with an update about the faculty’s accomplishments, including a description of activities at the Wildsumaco Biological Station, located in Ecuador and directed by Professor Travis Knowles.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Tracy Freeman began by reporting that as of June 1, 2013, Mr. Darryl Bridges assumed the roles of Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the FMU Education Foundation, and Mrs. Libby Cooper was named the Special Projects Coordinator.
Mr. Freeman reported that the Education Foundation Board of Directors met on May 22, 2013 and took the following actions:
- Changing the name of FMU Foundation to the FMU Education Foundation;
- Audit results indicated that the Foundation received an unmodified option – the highest level possible; and
- Three new members were appointed – Paul Seward, Al Gibbons and Donnie McDonald.
He then reported about Outreach Programs and Fundraising:
- Recruitment and planning are underway for the Rural Leadership Institute and the Non-Profit Leadership Institute.
- Fundraising to support the Industrial Engineering program continues to be strong with major gifts from several corporations. Additionally, the Foundation had a successful golf tournament and phone-a-thon.
Mr. Tracy Freeman then concluded his report by giving an Alumni Affairs update:
- The Alumni Association hosted a reception for new graduates following the spring commencement ceremony;
- The Student Alumni Association held several activities during the last few months; and
- Several new board members were appointed at the June 2013, Alumni Association meeting, and Brian Kelley was elected the incoming president.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. George McIntyre began by reviewing the quarterly budget summary and he noted that the University has collected 99% of the income for the fiscal year. The University has expended about 95% of the budget, which is right on target for the year. Next, he reported that the headcount is stable with growth in the areas of instruction, public service, and facilities.
He then gave a financial assistance update.
- Pell grants are projected to reach 10 million dollars of income for 2013 – 2014; and
- 87% of students are projected to receive some form of financial assistance in the upcoming year.
Next, Mr. McIntyre presented Resolution 02-13, Resolution for University Budget Approval. He made a motion for approval. Mr. Tracy Freeman seconded the motion. Resolution 02-13 received unanimous approval by the Board.
Mr. McIntyre concluded his report with a facilities update:
- The Office Services building has been completed and has been occupied for about a month; and
- There are a number of deferred maintenance issues around campus that are happening or about to be underway:
- The Fine Arts Center is being refurbished;
- Extensive renovations are taking place in Leatherman and McNair Science facility;
- The Library’s HVAC system is being replaced over the Christmas break; and
- Plumbing and copper lines are being replaced in the residence halls.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Mr. Eddie Gunn began by giving updates and reporting on past and upcoming events:
- The Spring Career Fair was well attended by 148 students and 60 employers. The fair had news coverage in SC Now and the Patriot Newspaper;
- Student Government Association election results:Dustin James – President
Jackqueline Lowery – Vice President
Jessica Harper – Secretary
Robert Tallon – Treasurer
- Freshmen Move – In: August 17, 2013; and
- Welcome Week: August 18-21, 2013.
Mr. Gunn then concluded his report by giving an athletics update:
- Student athlete GPA was 2.87 and the overall GPA was 2.6;
- 15 student athletes were Peach Belt all conference academic;
- 87 students had GPAs above a 3.0 average;
- 10 students were named to the Ki Alpha Sigma National Honor Society;
- Golf team had three top ten finishes;
- Men’s tennis finished 18th in the nation and women’s tennis finished 13th in the nation;
- Over $200,000 dollars was raised during fundraising events;
- A special gift was given to the University’s golf team to purchase a van for traveling;
- An additional trainer will be brought in from McLeod for the 2013-14 year; and
- The athletic auction produced over $16,000 dollars for FMU.
Dr. Carter began the report by thanking the Trustees for their support with the budget and he thanked Dr. Peter King and Mrs. Perry Wilson for working to enhance enrollment this year. Dr. Carter then recognized Dr. Ron Faulkenberry for his 40 years of service and he invited the Trustees, FMU employees, and members of the community to attend his retirement reception on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
Dr. Carter then proceeded to report on the following items:
- Status of the Health Sciences building:
- Governor Haley left the Capital Reserve funds but vetoed the lottery appropriations for the building. The house overrode her veto by a vote of 96 to 19 and he hopes that the senate will also override her veto;
- The Health Sciences building will accommodate FMU’s nurse practitioner students, physician assistant students after 2016, and third and fourth year medical students from the USC School of Medicine who will begin there next fall; and
- The Health Sciences building will be located in downtown Florence in close proximity to the Performing Arts Center. The building could be constructed by the first quarter of 2015.
- Upcoming mid – term SACS accreditation review due in the spring of 2014; and
- August Retreat (August 1-2, 2013):
- Analyze programs that the University intends to put in place over the next five years; and
- Overview of the direction the University is headed in the next decade or two.
Dr. Carter concluded his report.
Dr. Dozier presented the proposed amendment to section 4 of the Board of Trustee bylaws. He then made a motion for the amendment to be passed. The amendment to section 4 of the Board of Trustees bylaws received unanimous approval by the Board. Dr. Dozier asked Trustees Ken Jackson, Gail Richardson and Tracy Freeman to serve on the nominating committee. He asked them to bring a new slate of officers at the August 2013 meeting. Then he reported that the new slate of officers will be voted on in November 2013 and will take office in January 2014.
Dr. Dozier then presented plaques to outgoing Trustees Brad Boles and Melissa Emery. He noted that Melissa Emery served for 15 years and Brad Boles served for 5 years. Dr. Dozier thanked them for their service.
Trustee Ken Jackson acknowledged the passing of the original School of Education Dean, Dr. Jim Potterfield, who was instrumental in making the Education Department what it is today. He extended condolences on behalf of the FMU Board of Trustees.
Dr. Dozier made a motion to adjourn. The Board adjourned at 6:10 pm.
L. Franklin Elmore