Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis Named 14th President of Benedict College

Dr. Artis will be the first female President in the College’s 147-year history.

The Benedict College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Roslyn Artis will become the 14th President of Benedict College on September 1, 2017. She will become the first female President in the College’s 147-year history. [Benedict College is a UNCF-member institution] Dr. Artis brings an impressive mix of higher education and corporate experience.

As President of Florida Memorial College, she led an unprecedented academic innovation of several programs, expansion of online courses, and developed new majors in high-demand fields. Additionally, she created academic centers of excellence and updated the University’s technology infrastructure and website. She led the development of the University’s Five-Year Strategic Planning Process and increased grant writing productivity. Since assuming the presidency in 2013, unrestricted gifts increased 20% (year over year), restricted gifts increased by 38 percent, and revenue from grants and sponsored research increased by 22 percent. Dr. Artis is also credited with soliciting and receiving the largest gift from a single donor ($3.8 M) in the institution’s history. She completed construction on a state-of-the-art Science Annex and a comprehensive Athletic Facility and Wellness Center on campus. Dr. Artis initiated and consummated strategic partnerships and collaborations between the University and external public and private entities for the purpose of revenue generation and the visibility for the institution.

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 degree from West Virginia University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia State University. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.

About Benedict College:

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is a private, co-educational arts institution and home to over 2,280 students in its 33 baccalaureate degree programs. The College, affiliated with the Baptist Church, is located on 220 acres nestled in the heart of Columbia, SC. Over the last six years, Benedict College has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. Benedict has high-quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. Benedict recently received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center for encouraging students to give back to the community.

Benedict has over 17,000 proud alumni throughout the nation. The College has been “a power for good” in the community for over 147 years and is a major economic contributor to the region and South Carolina, with a local annual economic impact of more than $106.7 million.

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