Francis Marion to expand to Mount Pleasant

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - The board of trustees of Francis Marion University has agreed to establish a satellite campus in Mount Pleasant.

Board members unanimously agreed Friday that President Fred Carter should sign a contract to create a satellite campus after an offer from Mount Pleasant earlier this year.

Under the agreement, Mount Pleasant would find space for the academic programs and retain ownership responsibility for maintenance, leasing them to the university.

The first offering is expected to provide registered nurses a program to get their bachelor's degrees. Classes in Mount Pleasant could begin as early as next fall.

Earlier this year, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails approached Francis Marion saying the satellite campus would allow local students a chance to get four-year degrees in their hometown.

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