BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY
Francis Marion University
President’s Board Room, Stokes Administration Building
Friday, June 6, 2008 – 11:30 am –12:16pm
Mr. George C. McIntyre, Chairman
Mr. James A. Brown, Jr.
Mr. T. Hal Campbell
Mr. William W. Coleman, Jr.
Mrs. Laura S. Crowther
Dr. H. Randall Dozier
Ms. Melissa J. Emery
Mr. Kenneth W. Jackson
Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr., Member Emeritus
Mr. Robert E. Lee
Mr. Timothy F. Norwood
Dr. J. Kevin O’Kelly
Mrs. Gail Ness Richardson
Mrs. Carolyn Beasley Shortt
Mr. W. C. Stanton
Ms. Kathryn G. Andrews, Director of Publications and Marketing
Dr. Kenneth M. Autrey, Chair of the Faculty
Mrs. Shireese Bell, Morning News
Mr. D. Keith Best, Vice-Chair of the Faculty
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
Mr. Jay Dowd, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of FMU Foundation
Mr. H. Paul Dove, Dean of the Library
Mr. Daniel Dukes, Legislative Liaison
Dr. James R. Faulkenberry, Dean of Education
Mrs. Rachel R. Hamaie, Executive Assistant to the President
Mr. Murray G. Hartzler, Director of Athletics
Dr. John R. Hester, Chair of Psychology and Director of the Center for the Child
Mr. Jay Kispert, Vice President for Business Affairs
Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Mr. Travis W. Knowles, Assistant Provost Director of Graduate Programs
Mrs. Teresa J. Ramey, Dean of Students
Mr. James L. Schlimmer, Director of Admissions
Mrs. Kim O. Turbeville, Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration
Mr. George McIntyre called the meeting to order at 11:30 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 recognized and welcomed three new Board Members: Mr. Tim Norwood, Mrs. Laura Crowther, and Dr. Kevin O’Kelly. He then noted for the record that Mr. Brad Boles was also elected to the Board in May and will begin serving on July 1, 2008. In addition, 5 current Board Members were re-elected to a new term. They are Ms. Lisa Emery, Mrs. Trish Hartung, Mr. William Coleman, Mrs. Gail Richardson and Mr. McIntyre.
Mr. McIntyre then informed the Board of the recent passing of Mr. Chris Yahnis, a long time community leader, and of Mr. Yahnis’ funeral arrangements. He asked the Board to take a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Yahnis.
Mr. McIntyre presented the minutes of the February 1, 2008 Board Meeting to the Board for approval. Mr. James Brown made a motion for the minutes to be approved. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Richardson. The minutes received unanimous approval by the Board.
Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee:
Ms. Emery began by thanking Dr. Ken Autrey, the current Faculty Chair, for his four years of service. She then introduced Mr. Keith Best, current Vice-Chair of the Faculty, who will begin his term as Faculty Chair on July 1, 2008. Mr. Best informed the committee in the morning meeting that Mr. Glen Gourley of the Department of Fine Arts was recognized this year as the 2007-08 Distinguished Professor.
Ms. Emery reported that this year’s SACS accreditation review went very well, and that out of 81 areas examined by SACS there were only 4 areas which received recommendations for improvement.
She also noted that the first summer orientation/pre-registration session will be held on June 12 and 13. There are 4 such sessions scheduled to be held during the summer. In order to inform the Board of the importance of these sessions, she pointed out that more than 99% of those students who attended orientation last summer enrolled in the fall at FMU.
Ms. Emery then presented Resolution 04-08, Resolution for Approving the Francis Marion University Bachelor of Science in Social Science (Secondary Education Certification), to the Board with the full recommendation of the Academic Affairs and Accreditation Committee. She explained that this resolution allows students to complete their degree within 4 years including their certification so that they may become secondary education teachers in the social sciences. Ms. Emery then read the resolution aloud. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Richardson. The resolution received the unanimous approval of the Board.
Ms. Emery then informed the Board that Dr. Hester updated the committee in the morning meeting on the progress of the Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child. The center will open on August 18, 2008 beginning at half capacity which will allow a gradual increase to full capacity. There are 59 children who will start on August 18, some as young as 6 weeks old. This facility will not only offer child care for children, but also will house classrooms allowing FMU students to observe and study childhood development. Approximately 18-20% of the children enrolled in the Center for the Child will be subsidized.
Mr. McIntyre then recognized Dr. Autrey who thanked Board members for their leadership and their support of the faculty.
Development and Alumni Committee:
Mr. Brown began by summarizing a report given by Mr. Jay Dowd during the committee meeting. Mr. Dowd updated the committee concerning the Non-Profit Leadership Institute which is in its 6th year of operation. There were 30 persons in the class this year, 50% of which were from outside of the Pee Dee. He then informed the committee on the success of the pilot programs of the Rural Assistance Leadership Institute in Marion, Williamsburg, and Bennettsville. One of the requirements of this program is that each class develops a new and sustainable project to benefit their county on an ongoing basis. Governors Beasley and Hodges have both been involved in this program.
The FMU Foundation has elected new officers. Mr. Reamer King is the new chairman. Grady Greer and Roger Saverance were elected as new board members. Dr. Sompong Kraikit was elected as an honorary member after 9 years of service.
The Foundation Golf Tournament this year was a successful event. Approximately $30,000 were raised for the Dr. Tom Davidson and Dr. Pete Peterson scholarships.
Homecoming this year was very successful with several alumni events & the Patriot Fest. The Alumni Association intends to conduct phonathons to reach out to alumni who are not currently members of the association.
Executive Affairs Committee:
Mr. McIntyre reported that no action was taken during the Executive Committee Meeting.
Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee:
Mr. Hal Campbell began by asking the Board to look over the Budget Summary Report as of May 1, 2008. Over the past 4 years the university has added 53 FTE, of which 31 have been instructional positions and 8 have been positions in the physical plant. He then presented Resolution 05-08, Resolution for University Budget Approval to the Board, with the full recommendation of the Financial Affairs and Facilities Committee. Mr. Campbell noted that the budget includes an 8.5% tuition increase due to a state budget cut of $560,000 and a cost of living increase of 3% for the faculty and staff. Mr. Coleman seconded the motion to approve the resolution. Mr. Brown asked the amount of increase this percentage represents in dollars. Mr. Kispert answered that this represents a $272 / semester increase. Dr. Fred Carter then clarified that most state institutions, due to a decrease in state revenue estimates, received between a 3% and 4% decrease in their base budget. Because of these cuts, most institutions will likely institute tuition increases between 7.5% – 9%. After discussion, the resolution received unanimous approval by the Board.
Student Affairs and Athletics Committee:
Dr. Dozier began by reporting that student athletes currently have a GPR of 2.857 in comparison with the overall student body which has a 2.65 GPR. Women’s tennis finished 5th in the country. Men’s tennis finished 7th in the nation. Softball finished 5th in the country. Golf also did very well. In athletic fundraising, there were 820 individual donors with a total of $185,000.
Three of the 4 officers for SGA were re-elected. The first Leadership FMU class just graduated its first class successfully. The Rural Heath Initiative Screenings, in which FMU students work with Dr. DeMarco to provide health screenings across the Pee Dee, have begun successfully.
Dr. Carter began by thanking Dr. Autrey for his 4 years of service as Faculty Chair., during which he put aside his own writing and research in order to serve FMU. Dr. Carter also thanked Dr. Autrey for four years of personal advice and counsel. Dr. Carter expressed his optimism for the leadership of the new faculty chair, Mr. Keith Best, who will take office as of July 1, 2008.
The Legislative session concluded on June 5, 2008. In light of this, Dr. Carter asked Sen. Hugh Leatherman to give the Board an overview of the current budget situation. Sen. Leatherman informed the Board that the legislature will reconvene on June 17, 2008. He then confirmed that the Rural Initiative monies are intact after an override of Governor Sanford’s veto by the House and the Senate. Currently there is talk in Columbia that the Governor may bring suit against the budget on the grounds that it isn’t constitutional. Sen. Leatherman stated that he does not understand this complaint as the constitution states that the legislature will use a budgetive process to establish a budget, and this process is in place. If decreases in revenue should occur, there is a general reserve fund to offset these decreases. Currently this fund has $25,000,000. Dr. Carter added that in the early 1990s the Budget and Control Board tightened the budgetary process so that the budget is certified at every step in the process by the Office of the State Budget that in fact it is in balance. He then asked Sen. Leatherman if the complaint is that the budget is not in balance based upon what agencies think they may spend next year. Sen. Leatherman stated that he does not understand the complaint, but has confidence that South Carolina’s agency heads will stay within their budgets. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services currently has a surplus of $180 million. When the general assembly noticed this, they took 100 million of these monies to distribute them. He then asked Ms. Forkner directly if she would have enough money to run her agency if this was done. She assured him that she would run her agency with whatever the general assembly appropriates.
Dr. Carter then recognized Mr. Daniel Dukes and Mr. Jim McGee, the legislative liaisons. He then informed the Board that Mr. Dukes will also begin working on federal programs for the University.
Dr. Dozier commented on the performance of FMU’s athletic teams. To put this in perspective, FMU has 14 athletic teams on the FMU campus, and 3 of these teams went to national competition this year.
Dr. Ken Kitts and Mr. Jim Schlimmer have worked hard to increase fall enrollment. Dr. Carter then showed the Board 3 short recruitment videos. The innovation and creativity the admissions team possesses will continue to produce interesting methods of recruiting over the next few years.
Next, Dr. Carter reminded the Board of the tour of the Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child following the Board Meeting and urged them to attend.
Dr. Carter concluded by saying that these are challenging times for higher education. Funding remains a struggle because of stiff competition and many worthwhile programs competing for a static set of dollars. Dr. Carter then thanked the Board for their dedication to the university.
Mr. McIntyre asked the Board to decide on the dates for the annual retreat at Wampee. The Board set the retreat for Friday, August 8, 2008 and Saturday, August 9, 2008.
Next Mr. McIntyre recognized Mr. Paul Dove, Dean of the Library, who will retire this year. He then presented Mr. Dove with a proclamation from the Board in appreciation of his years of service.
Lastly Mr. McIntyre asked the Board to contact him for comments or ideas on the Agency Head Salary Commission evaluation of the President, which he will complete within the next 30 days.
No new business.
Mr. Brown made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Ken Jackson seconded the motion. The Board adjourned at 12:13 pm.
Carolyn Beasley Shortt