Roslyn Clark Artis, the 14th and first female president and CEO of historically Black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, has had her contract extended through June 2026. Dr. Artis became president of Benedict College in June 2017. The college enrolls about 2,100 students, 96 percent of whom are Black.
During her brief tenure as president, Dr. Artis has launched many initiatives aimed at positioning Benedict as a competitive institution with transformative learning, innovation, and a commitment to the community. These efforts include, lowering tuition by 26 percent, raising admissions standards, collecting almost $400,000 in donations, and hosting HBCU-centered conferences, among others.
“Since Dr. Artis became president, we have experienced tremendous progress,” stated Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Charlie W. Johnson. “We are making substantial changes to enhance Benedict College. We are mindful of the fact that some of the changes that have been made, and will be implemented, will engender criticism, but we are not invested in the status quo; we are invested in the brightest future for Benedict College! With the extension of the Dr. Artis’ employment contract as President and CEO, we are expressing our confidence in her vision and outstanding leadership.”
Dr. Artis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from historically Black West Virginia State University, a juris doctorate from West Virginia University, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.