May 252016

Senator Hugh Leatherman introduced Dr. Fred Carter for our program.  He “painted” a glorious picture of the past, present, and future of Francis Marion University.  He said the six mile distance from downtown Florence has been shortened to just one block from our Rotary venue in Victor’s Bistro.  He credited many of our fellow Rotarians for their support of FMU.  He mentioned Hugh Leatherman, Phillip Lowe, Jay Jordan, Robbie Hill, Glen Willis, and Steve Powers.  He said collaboration between the university, the state, our delegation, the Bruce & Lee Foundation, and the City of Florence helped foster our Performing Arts Center.  For acoustics it is rated #5 in the nation.  It has earned awards in each of the last 3 years.  Its Music Industry Program has been successful.  So has the Industrial Engineering Program With Florence-Darlington Tech.  This “joint venture” is the only one of its kind in the state.  “A second engineering program is coming in Mechanical.”


Less than a block and a half away is construction of the Luther F. Carter Center for Health Sciences which will offer degrees in Physician’s Assistance, Nurse Practitioner, etc.  Just a few more blocks away plans are being developed for a Therapy Building on Baroody St.  There may even be a medical school in the bright future of FMU and Florence with a focus on rural health.


Not only does the fine FMU faculty teach fervently, 80% are dedicated to the mission of research said Carter.  He added, “FMU has the most meaningful degrees in South Carolina…and it and Florence are the cultural, economic, and social center for the Pee Dee Region”. The Lord has certainly blessed our university under Carter’s leadership.



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