Roslyn Clark Artis, J.D., Ed.D.
President, Florida Memorial University
In February of 2014, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first female President in the University’s 138 year history. Dr. Artis has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family during her tenure. Among her many achievements are the significant technology enhancements on campus, new facility construction, innovative partnerships, as well as increased national exposure and resource development for the institution.
Dr. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree 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.
Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed a robust civil litigation practice. A strong community activist, Dr. Artis is past Chair of the WV Board of Law Examiners and a past president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Honey Shine, Inc. and the Beacon Council – Academic Leaders Council.
Nationally, she is a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Board for Title III Administrators and the Educational Testing Service Presidents’ Advisory Council. She is a member of the national board of directors for the United Negro College Fund and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, where she will serve alongside other presidents of independent colleges and leaders in higher education. Dr. Artis also serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) to which she was appointed by former U.S. Secretary Jeh Johnson.
A prolific speaker, critical thinker and fierce advocate for educational access, Dr. Artis has been recognized for her work locally and nationally and is frequently engaged as a mentor, lecturer and catalyst for strategic transformation. Her passion for education, youth development and service to the community is manifested through her work with numerous organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America.