FMU Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Process

CURRENT HALL OF FAME MEMBERS

Francis Marion University Athletic Hall of Fame Nominating/Selection Committees and By-Laws

PURPOSE
These rules set forth the categories of individuals allowed for consideration as Inductees to the Francis Marion University Athletics Hall of Fame (“Hall of Fame”), the qualifications required of such individuals for nomination and election to the Hall of Fame, and the procedure by which individuals shall be recommended, nominated, and elected to the Hall of Fame.

I.    Standing Committees
A.   Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of the
Director of Athletics, and Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Media Relations, Head Athletic Trainer, Compliance Director, and individuals appointed by the Director of Athletics.  The Director of Athletics shall serve as chairman of the nominating committee.

B.        Selection Committee – The Selection Committee shall be made up of nine members: Director of Athletics, Faculty Athletics Representative, Director of Alumni Relations, Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Media Relations, Two members of the Hall of Fame (Rotating 3-year terms), and three at-large members appointed by the Director of Athletics.

II.    Categories of Inductee Eligibility
A.    Athlete Inductee – Any Francis Marion University graduate, living or deceased, who received two varsity letters from the Francis Marion University Athletic Department, shall be eligible for election to the Hall of Fame as an Athlete Inductee ten years after athletic eligibility has been completed at Francis Marion University.  The requirement of graduation may be waived under unusual circumstances by majority vote of the Nominating Committee.

B.    Special Inductee – Any individual, living or deceased, who has made a significant contribution to the Francis Marion University athletics program, shall be eligible for election to the Hall of Fame as a Special Inductee.  Special Inductees include coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not necessarily eligible as an Athlete Inductee.  Eligibility as an Athlete Inductee shall not disqualify an individual for consideration as a Special Inductee.

C.    No active coach, staff member, or other employee of Francis Marion University may be inducted into the Hall of Fame until he/she is no longer employed by the University for a minimum of ten years.  Coaches, staff members, or other employees are expected to have worked a minimum of 10 years at Francis Marion University and recorded high professional achievements in their area.

III.    Nomination Process
A.    Recommendations of Individuals to Nominating Committee – Any person may recommend any eligible individual for consideration as a nominee.  Each recommendation shall be accompanied by information regarding the achievements of the individual being recommended.  Upon recommendation to the Nominating Committee, an individual shall be placed on a List of Candidates.

B.    List of Candidates - The List of Candidates shall contain the names of all individuals recommended, and who remain eligible, for consideration as a nominee by the Nominating Committee.  The List of Candidates shall contain such information as shall be relevant for consideration by the Nominating Committee, including sport(s) and position(s) played, year of graduation, letters earned, and notable achievements.  If not nominated by the Nominating Committee within two (2) years after placement on the List of Candidates, an individual may be removed from the List of Candidates. However, there shall be no limit to the number of times an individual may be recommended subsequently to the Nominating Committee.              
C.        Nominations by Nominating Committee
1.    During the second semester of each academic year, the Nominating Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairman to discuss candidates and make nominations to the Hall of Fame.

2.    Number of Nominees Annually – The Nominating Committee may nominate as many as eight individuals in any one year.

3.    Vote Required by Nominating Committee – To be nominated by the Nominating Committee as an Athlete Inductee or a Special Inductee, an individual must receive a majority of the votes of the members of the nominating committee present at the annual meeting of the Nominating Committee called for the purpose of considering nominees.

D.        Approval of Nominees by Selection Committee – Upon nomination by the Nominating Committee, the names of the nominees shall be referred to the Selection Committee for approval.  To be elected to the Hall of Fame, a nominee must receive at least six (6) votes by members of the Selection Committee.  No less than one and no more than three members shall be inducted in any given year.  In the event that there are more than three nominees selected, the nominees with the three highest total votes will be selected to the Hall of Fame.

IV.    Induction

Individuals nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Selection Committee shall be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an appropriate ceremony. A plaque recognizing inductees will be permanently displayed in an area designated by the Director of Athletics.