Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis is the president of Benedict College. For the second time in history, she serves as the first female president of a collegiate institution in the United States. Prior to Benedict College, she served as the president of Florida Memorial University, where she was the first female president in the university’s 138-year history.
Dr. Artis is a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Board for Title III Administrators, the Educational Testing Service Presidents’ Advisory Council, the Board of Directors for the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Board of Directors for the Council of Independent Colleges. She is also a member of the National Black MBA Advisory Council.
Locally, Dr. Artis is a member of the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors and is serving as Co-Chair of the 2020 Campaign, the EngenuitySC Board, and the First Citizen Bank Greater Columbia Advisory Board. She serves as the secretary for the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission, and the Advisory Council for the South Carolina Philharmonic. Dr. Artis is an active member of the Governor’s COVID-19 AccelerateSC Advisory Team, the South Carolina Commission of Minority Affairs, and the Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG).
In March 2019, Dr. Artis was named Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education. In June 2019, she was selected as the 2019 Educator of the Year by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. HBCU Digest named Dr. Artis the 2018 Female President of the Year, and in August 2019, Benedict received the top honor: HBCU of the Year. Dr. Artis recently received the Walker Legacy Award, which highlights women who champion educational policies and programs to advance economic development. Additionally, Columbia Business Monthly named her to Columbia’s 50 Most Influential in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from sister HBCU, West Virginia State University. She also holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.