February 06, 2014

LAWT News Service


The Board of Trustees of Florida Memorial University (FMU) has announced the appointment of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis as the University’s 13th president, effective immediately. Dr. Artis has made history by becoming the first woman president of the 135-year-old higher education institution. After serving as interim president since July 15, 2013, Dr. Artis has performed admirably during her six months in the position and has been embraced throughout the student body, the faculty and staff and the entire south Florida community.

“I am impressed with her adept administrative and people skills,” said Charles George, chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees.  “She has hit the ground running and brings superb qualifications and leadership skills to FMU.”

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. 

Dr. Artis said she is delighted to be in her new role stating, "I am honored to have been chosen by the Board of Trustees to lead Florida Memorial University at such a critical point in its history.  This University has been a key component of Florida's educational system for 135 years.   The University has provided access to a quality education for generations of students, many of whom would not have had the opportunity were it not for FMU.  Its history is indeed rich and its future is bright.  I am confident that the best is yet to come!"

On campus, Dr. Artis has spearheaded a series of new and innovative programs for students and is striving to improve corporate and community relations and endowment initiatives for the institution. 

"We have assembled a knowledgeable, experienced and highly competent administrative team to work with our strong faculty and committed staff to create an environment that prepares our special young people with a well-rounded, holistic, educational experience.  Florida Memorial University is well positioned for the future," says Dr. Artis.

For nearly a decade, she served in numerous roles at Mountain State University; including faculty member, senior academic officer, vice-president for advancement, chief academic officer, and the university’s provost.  Her 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. 

In addition, she has also served as a partner at Assessment by Design, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of comprehensive assessment strategies for academic and co-curricular programs in higher education; an attorney at the Wooton Law Firm, an adjunct professor at The College of West Virginia, and an associate attorney at Brown & Levicoff PLLC, among other notable positions.

“Dr. Artis has completed or made significant progress on the goals the board set for her,” said George. “She is an asset to our students, faculty and administration and the South Florida communities.”

Category: Education