Joseph W. Sallenger

Joe Sallenger

Joseph W. Sallenger

Fine Arts Center Manager

Office: HFAC 101
Phone: 843-661-1385
Fax: 843:661-1529


Photo of J. Sallenger with bass flute

B.A., Wake Forest University


A native of Florence, South Carolina, Joe Sallenger spent much of his childhood on the farm that would later become Francis Marion University. After “going north” to school (Wake Forest University) and a spot of travel through Europe and the United States, Joe returned to the Pee Dee region with the realization that “folks are pretty much folks everywhere you go, some just talk funnier than others.”

When the Hyman Fine Arts Center was constructed at Francis Marion (College), Fine Arts Chairman Jack Baker convinced Joe to take up residence in the “fish tank” off the breezeway, where he remains to this day. He tries to keep track of the Art, Music and Theatre faculty, manage various auditoriums, dabble in a bit of Art and Flute Collecting, and help out at the Anglican Church of Our Saviour. He is learning how to eat right with a whole food plant base diet. Joe also assists his wife Donna in her mission to care for Homeless Animals, dreams about the Bands he has played in, and keeps his British (Morris Minor) truck and log cabin from falling apart around him.

In an effort to preserve some of the history of the Mars Bluff region east of Florence, South Carolina, Joe has improved the internet presence of Amelia Wallace Vernon’s project to document the lives of African Americans in rural South Carolina through the preservation of slave built Hewn Timber Cabins and related artifacts. He has also published a book based on his grandmother’s remembrances throughout the 1900s, Mars Bluff As I Remember It by Amelia Mellichamp Wallace and Joseph Wilds Sallenger.



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The liberal arts remain the foundation of a great education for all FMU students, but we’ve developed an array of professional programs to meet the 21st century needs of both our students and our community.

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The University keeps class sizes small because that’s the environment that best facilitates learning. A 15:1 student-professor ratio, and a student enrollment of 4,000 provides the perfect balance to enhance learning and still promote a diverse selection of programs.


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Francis Marion University has been recognized for six straight years as a “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll university. Read more here.

Francis Marion University is ranked among Washington Monthly’s “Best Masters Universities” in the magazine’s latest ranking.

  • FMU is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Francis Marion University is listed as the Best Ethnically Diverse University in the South by U.S. News and World Report.


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4822 E. Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

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