On June 30, 2017, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College. She became the first female President in the 147-year history of the college which was founded in 1870 by a woman, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict. Dr. Artis came to Benedict College from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she served for four years as the 13th first female President in that University’s 138-year history.
Intentional, professional and thoroughly committed to the proliferation and transformation of colleges and universities that serve underrepresented men and women of color, Dr. Artis brings to Benedict College a depth of knowledge in higher education and enthusiasm for students’ success that is unmatched in today’s higher education arena.
In her brief tenure at the helm of Benedict, Dr. Artis has led a remarkable institutional transformation that included lowering tuition, increasing academic standards, stabilizing the institution’s financial position, streamlining academic degree programs and upgrading the institution’s technology infrastructure.
These efforts resulted in Benedict College receiving the 2019 ACE/Fidelity Investments Institutional Transformation Award, which recognizes institutions that have met higher education challenges in a particularly innovative or creative way and realized positive results in a relatively short period of time. In August 2019, Benedict College was recognized as “HBCU of the Year” by the HBCU Digest.
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. In 2018, she was named Female HBCU President of the Year by HBCU Digest. More recently, Dr. Artis was identified as one of the 35 Women Leaders in Higher Education by Diverse Issues Magazine.