Francis Marion University celebrated its 40th anniversary last summer. And so far, 40 is looking like the new 20 for the college.
The university is financially sound despite the poor economy of recent years, enrollment is up and there are many projects and advancements on the horizon as the university moves into "life after 40," President Fred Carter told the FMU Board of Trustees recently.
"We've taken stock of a few things within the institution, and we're looking at and developing some of those things," Carter said. "Cosmetically, we're making a little nip here, a little tuck there."
Those nips and tucks include the construction of a new office services building, the renovation of Ervin Dining Hall and the completion of Smith Center University renovations. FMU's men and women's basketball teams play at the Smith Center, and graduation ceremonies are conducted there, as well.
The renovations at the Smith Center include new seats on the student side, improvements to the women and men locker rooms and a new HVAC system.