Human Resources

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 the faculty and staff by providing essential vocational information and services.

The HR Department is located in the Stokes Administration Building, room 105. It is open daily from 8:30 a.m. To 5 p.m. (Summer hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Department Phone Number: 843-661-1140.


For several  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 & Security; Job Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching Environment; Tenure Clarity and Process; and Work/Life Balance.

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Resources for Current Employees

2021 Holiday Schedule

Friday, January 1
New Year’s Day

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, September 6
Labor Day

Thursday & Friday, November 25 – 26

December 22 – 31
Winter Break

2022 Holiday Schedule

Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, July 4
Independence Day

Monday, September 5
Labor Day

Tuesday, November 8
Election Day

Thursday & Friday, November 24 – 25

December 22-30
Winter Break

Human Resource Links

South Carolina has developed a portal to state government information.  This includes vertical areas of interests — News, Government, Education, Business, Health, Public Safety, Environment and Tourism.  A portal is a “one-stop shop” filled with information and service choices.  Each of the portals caters to the needs of its users — citizens, employees or businesses.  To learn more about state government initiatives, visit: 

Interactive Retirement Information

SC Retirement Systems
Gressette-Collins Building
202 Arbor Lake Drive
PO Box 19960
Columbia, SC 29211-1960


SCRS contains information regarding the state retirement systems, including the optional retirement program.  For more on-line information, including contact information, forms, and various site links, call them at 1-800-868-9002 or access the SCRS website at

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.

SCRS Plans

AG Fund Group

Citi Street Online

Retire Hartford Life



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:

Employee Insurance Program
PO Box 11661
Columbia, SC 29211-1661

The Employee Insurance Program (formerly Office of Insurance Services) is up and running.  This site will allow state employees to access information regarding all state insurance benefits.  To learn more about the EIP and how it benefits you, call Customer Service at 1-888-260-9430 or access their website at

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.


Colonial Life

EMC National

Kemper Corporation

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 at:

Payroll deductions for the South Carolina State Credit Union and Pee Dee Federal Credit Union are available upon enrollment with the preferred institution.

Pee Dee Federal Credit Union

South Carolina Credit Union

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.  To learn more about the programs and work of the SCSEA, including Legislative Updates, access their website at


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Jerry Clapper

Associate Director HR: Benefits

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1143

Emily J. Graham

Director of Institutional Research and Human Resources Assistant

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1145

Gloria Keith

Administrative Specialist - Human Resources

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1140

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Brigid E. Kennedy

Human Resources Manager

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1144

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Danagene Razick

Associate Director of HR: Administrative Services

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1142

Charlene Wages

Dr. Charlene Wages

Vice President for Administration and Planning
Hugh K. Leatherman Professor of Public Service
Professor of Psychology

Office: SAB 105
Phone: 843-661-1140