Virginia Union University Announces Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis as Convocation Speaker

September 17, 2018


Kiara McGowan-Powell

Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator

Virginia Union University

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(Richmond) – Virginia Union University (VUU) welcomes Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College, as its speaker for its 2018 Fall Opening Convocation on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Allix B. James Chapel in Coburn Hall. Dr. Artis has the distinct honor of serving as the first-female president for two higher education institutions: first Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida and now Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. On June 22, 2018, HBCU Digest selected her as the “2018 Female President of the Year,” and on August 9, 2018, Columbia Regional Business Report recognized her as one of the “2018 Women of Influence.”

“I am looking forward to hearing the words of Dr. Artis at Convocation, as I believe they will inspire and motivate our students to have a successful school year.” says VUU president Dr. Hakim Lucas.

Prior to her transition into academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed a robust career in civil litigation practice, including holding positions as the Chair of the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners, and being president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country.  Today, Dr. Artis is a member of the National Board of Directors for the United Negro College Fund, an educational advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Board for Title III Administrators and the Educational Testing Service Presidents’ Advisory Council, a member of Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, a member of the United Way of the Midlands Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina. She 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.

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 its sister HBCU, West Virginia State University. Dr. Artis also holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University, and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.