Dr. Artis is a Trustee Scholar graduate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia State College Institute in West Virginia. The consummate professional, Dr. Artis has extensive experience in university fundraising and holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University. She has also earned a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University’s School of Continuing & Professional Education.
Dr. Artis was recently appointed unanimously by the Board as the13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first woman President in the University’s history. During her short stint as Acting President at Florida Memorial University, Dr. Artis has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family at all levels. She has become well-acclimated to the South Florida community, and has been appointed to multiple community and corporate boards and associations, increasing involvement and exposure of the University.
On campus, Dr. Artis has spearheaded a series of new and innovative programs for students and is diligently striving to improve corporate and community relations and endowment initiatives for the institution.
Throughout her career, Dr. Artis’ extensive academic experience and accomplishments have been widely accepted and highly successful. For nearly a decade, she served in numerous roles at Mountain State University; including Director of Legal Studies, Senior Academic Officer for Distance Education, Vice President of University Advancement, Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, and the University’s Provost. Her responsibilities included the management and supervision of all academic courses and programs for the University; including its distance education offerings, branch campuses, sites and centers, as well as Institutional Research and Assessment.
Dr. Artis’ academic interests have included student retention, particularly as it relates to adult and non-traditional students, academic and co-curricular support structures in alternative learning modalities, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes assessment.
Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed an active general litigation practice for eight (8) years. She served as a partner in Assessment by Design, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of comprehensive assessment strategies for higher education institutions. The company provided comprehensive assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of graduate and professional programs, including allied health and legal education.
Additionally, she served as an attorney at Wooton Law Firm, and an associate attorney at Brown & Levicoff PLLC, among other notable positions.
A strong community activist, Dr. Artis is active in a host of statewide and local organizations. She is the Chair of the Board of Law Examiners for the state and a past president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country.
Dr. Artis is married to Selby Artis and is the mother of three: Christopher, Jayden and Jocelyn.