Department of Human Resources
Continually Voted Best Colleges to Work For
One of Francis Marion University’s greatest assets is its people. FMU’s staff and faculty strive daily to create a warm and vibrant educational environment for our students. Human Resources supports Francis Marion University’s faculty and staff by providing essential vocational information and services.
The Human Resources Department is located in the Stokes Administration Building, room 105.
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Department Phone Number: (843) 661-1140
A GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR!
For many years Francis Marion University has been recognized as a Great Colleges to Work For® Honor Roll School by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading journal of university and college life. FMU is one of 92 colleges or universities recognized by The Chronicle, and the only university in South Carolina recognized as an Honor Roll school — meaning FMU excelled in multiple categories of distinction.
FMU’s employees reported:
- High satisfaction in collaborative governance
- Confidence in senior leadership, facilities, workspace, and security
- Job Satisfaction
- Professional/Career development programs
- Respect and appreciation
- Supervisor/Department chair relationship
- Teaching environment
- Tenure clarity and process
- Work/life balance
Resources for Current Employees
2023 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, July 4
Monday, September 4
Thursday & Friday, November 23 – 24
December 20-January 1
2024 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Human Resource Links
South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) manages retirement plans, offers several insurance products/programs to more than 500,000 people (including spouses and dependents) throughout South Carolina. This site will allow state employees to access information regarding all of their state insurance and benefits. To learn more about PEBA and how it benefits you, visit their website at:https://www.peba.sc.gov/
FMU also offers supplemental insurance programs through AFLAC, Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company, EMC National, and Merastar. Some programs currently available are Life Crisis plans, Cancer Insurance, Life policies (Term and Universal Life), Hospital Income Insurance, Intensive Care Coverage and Short Term Disability, as well as automobile and homeowner’s coverages.
Supplemental life insurance: The amount of insurance through Mutual of Omaha for which an employee is eligible is 2 1/2 times salary rounded to the higher thousand, not to exceed $100,000 coverage. The cost to the employee is $0.26 per thousand-dollar coverage; the Francis Marion University Foundation pays $0.07 per thousand-dollar coverage. Dependent life coverage costs the employee $2.10 per dependent unit and $5,000 coverage for the spouse and $2,000 for each dependent child. These rates are subject to change each fall, based on the average age of University employees and previous experience ratings. This plan also has a Living Benefit that provides a payment equal to 50% of the face value of the policy to an insured employee who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Check further details.
An employee may choose to participate in South Carolina Deferred Compensation or other 403b annuity programs. An employee could be eligible to defer up to $40,000 of his/her salary per year under plans 404(b), 401(k), and 457.
The South Carolina State Employees Association (SCSEA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established to advance the welfare of state employees and retirees and to promote efficiency in the administration of the business affairs and public services of state government. It is supported financially by the dues of those employees and retirees who choose to be members.
Retirement Age Increasing: Full retirement age is gradually rising from 65 to 67, even though the age for early retirement remains 62 for everyone. To find out exactly how old you need to be to get your full retirement benefit, simply access the Social Security Administration for your retirement age and type your year of birth into the online chart.
The SSA site has a number of other useful tools.
Plan Early for Retirement
Social Security benefits won’t run out. Social Security will be there with monthly payments. The Benefits Planner will help you find out more information about your SS retirement benefits. Start planning for your future financial security at: www.ssa.gov/planners.
South Carolina has developed a portal to state government information. This includes areas of interests — News, Government, Education, Business, Health, Public Safety, Environment and Tourism. To learn more about state government initiatives, visit:https://sc.gov/
Human Resources Staff
Vice President for Administration and Planning
Hugh K. Leatherman Professor of Public Service
Professor of Psychology
Office: SAB 105
Associate Director of HR: Administrative Services
Office: SAB 105