FMU announces promotions and new appointments

Darryl Bridges

John R. Hester

Farrah Hughes

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 3:16 pm

Updated: 3:20 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

FMU announces promotions and new appointments

FMU Release

Morning News

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter and Provost Richard Chapman Friday announced administrative appointments and promotions to take effect this summer.

FMU Vice President for Public and Community Affairs Darryl Bridges has been named vice president for development and executive director of the FMU Foundation, effective June 1. Libby Cooper who served as interim director of the FMU Foundation will continue her work on a part-time basis.

Dr. John R. Hester, chair of the Department of Psychology and director of the Center for the Child, has been appointed associate provost, effective July 1. He will replace Dr. Jeannette Myers who will return to the faculty to renew her focus on research and teaching.

Dr. Farrah Hughes will replace Dr. Hester as chair of the Department of Psychology, effective July 1.

Bridges began his career at FMU in 1997. Prior to his position as vice president for public and community affairs, he served as vice president of student affairs. He has served as director of residence life and student life, dean of students and assistant vice president for student development. He earned the B.A. degree in government and the M.A. degree in education from Western Kentucky.

A licensed psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Level III School Psychologist, Hester received his B.A. degree from Clemson University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. Hester, who joined the FMU faculty in 1980, will remain the director of the Richardson Center for the Child.

Hughes joined the faculty in 2005, and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. She also serves as the coordinator of the M.S. in Applied Psychology, Clinical/Counseling program. She was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Teaching Award at FMU. Hughes earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a licensed psychologist in South Carolina.


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Friday, April 26, 2013 3:16 pm.

Updated: 3:20 pm.

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