Women's History Month Spotlight: Dr. Roslyn Artis
This Women’s History Month, we celebrate the sheroes in our Midlands community paving the way for future generations of women leaders. Roslyn Clark Artis, J.D., Ed., has led Benedict College as its first woman president since her unanimous appointment by the Board of Trustees in 2017. Among her numerous board placements, Dr. Artis is United Way of the Midlands’ current Board Chair and the MacKenzie Scott Gift Advisory Committee Co-Chair.
Dr. Artis is devoted to transforming colleges and universities that serve underrepresented people of color and has been recognized locally and nationally for her efforts as a transformative leader in higher education. To name a few, “In 2018, she was named ‘Female HBCU President of the Year’ by HBCU Digest. In 2019, Dr. Artis was named to Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s ‘Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education.’ In 2020, Dr. Artis was named ‘President of the Year’ by Higher Ed Dive for her leadership in navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020.”
“Under Dr. Artis’ leadership, Benedict College was awarded the 2019 American Council on Education (ACE) Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award recognizes institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic results in a short period of time. Benedict was also named 2019 HBCU of the Year by the HBCU Digest.”
“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. The consummate professional, Dr. Artis also holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.”
During this recent Q&A, we learned about some of the women trailblazers Dr. Artis admires, she offers advice to the next generation of women leaders and more.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Describe a woman throughout history who has inspired you. What lessons did they teach you?
What advice would you give to the next generation of woman leaders?
What is a message you hope to send to today’s youth by being a philanthropist?
Was there anything I didn’t ask that you’d like to share? If so, please do so.
Interested in learning more about Dr. Artis? Read her full bio.