A-B Tech Will Host Why Does Black History Month Matter?

Dr. Roslyn Artis

Presented by Dr. Roslyn Artis, President of Benedict College

Dr. Roslyn Artis, President of Benedict College, will share her insights during a session titled “Why Does Black History Month Matter” Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium on A-B Tech’s Asheville campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month is designed to recognize history, experiences and accomplishments of black people. In schools across the U.S., students learn about figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many others.

Some critics have asked whether it is appropriate to confine the celebration of black history to one month, rather than integrate the teaching of black history into mainstream education for the rest of the year. Others argue the celebration is racist and some have called for a White History Month. The views span a vast continuum. This session will explore the value of Black History month in our current “post-racial” society, exploring the value and diversity of ideas and opinions on the subject.


Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis has earned for the second time in history, the distinct honor of serving as the first-female President of a collegiate institution in the United States.

On June 30, 2017, Dr. Artis was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as the 14th President of Benedict College.  She is the first-female President in the 148-year history of the college which was founded by a woman, Mrs. Bathsheba Benedict in 1870.

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 an enthusiasm for students’ success that is unmatched in today’s higher education arena. HBCU Digest selected Dr. Artis the 2018 Female President of the Year and the Columbia Regional Business Report recognized her as one of the 2018 Women of Influence and 2018 Most Influential.

Dr. Artis comes to Benedict College from Florida Memorial University in Miami where she served for four years as the 13th President and the first female President in that University’s 138-year history.  Dr. Artis provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family during her tenure.  Among her many achievements were the significant technology enhancements on campus, new facility construction, innovative partnerships, as well as increased national exposure and resource development for the institution in the areas of STEM, Cybersecurity, and Social Justice.

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

Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed a robust civil litigation practice. A strong community activist, Dr. Artis is past Chair of the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners and a past president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country.
Currently, 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, and a member of the Presidents’ Advisory Board for Title III Administrators and the Educational Testing Service Presidents’ Advisory Council. Locally, she is a member of Board of Directors for the Council of Independent Colleges, the United Way of the Midlands, and Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina. She recently became a member South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission, and the Advisory Council for the South Carolina Philharmonic Board of Directors.

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.  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.

In her short time at the helm of Benedict College, Dr. Artis has made a tremendous impact, coining the phrase #TheBESTofBC!

Benedict College is a four-year historically black, liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. HBCU Digest selected Dr. Artis as the 2018 Female President of the Year and the Columbia Regional Business Report recognized her as one of the 2018 Women of Influence and 2018 Most Influential.

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