COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Benedict College Board of Trustees announced Friday (June 30) that Dr. Roslyn Artis will become the 14th President of Benedict College on September 1, 2017. She will become the first female President in the College’s 147-year history.

Dr. Roslyn C. Artis

Dr. Artis appointment comes after the current president Dr. David H. Swinton announced that after 23 years of service he will retire effective June 30, 2017. His 23 years of service makes him the longest serving President in the history of Benedict College.

According to a press release from the university, Dr. Artis brings to the Midlands college an impressive mix of higher education and corporate experience. As President of Florida Memorial College, she led an unprecedented academic innovation of several programs, expansion of online courses, and developed new majors in high-demand fields. Additionally, she created academic centers of excellence and updated the University’s technology infrastructure and website. She led the development of the University’s Five-Year Strategic Planning Process and increased grant writing productivity. Since assuming the presidency in 2013, unrestricted gifts increased 20% (year over year), restricted gifts increased by 38%, and revenue from grants and sponsored research increased by 22%.

Dr. Artis is also credited with soliciting and receiving the largest gift from a single donor ($3.8M) in the institution’s history. She completed construction on a state-of-the-art Science Annex and a comprehensive Athletic Facility and Wellness Center on campus. Dr. Artist initiated and consummated strategic partnerships and collaborations between the University and external public and private entities for the purpose of revenue generation and the visibility of the institution.

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 degree from West Virginia College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Virginia State University. Additionally, she holds a certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.

HCF welcomes President Artis to the campus of Benedict College and we wish her much blessings during her tenure.


Founded in 1870 by Rhode Island native Mrs. Batheheba Benedict, Benedict College was an 80-arce plantation when purchased as the Benedict Institute. The investors’ – Mrs Benedict and the Baptist Home Mission – long-term goal was to educate emancipated African-Americans and produce citizens “powers for good in society”.

Nearly 139 years later, Benedict College has been one of the fastest growing of 39 United Negro College Fund Schools of the 20 independent colleges in South Carolina, Benedict has the largest undergraduate student body and is the second largest overall. The college has students enrolled from every county in South Carolina. More than 2,800 students currently study at the school and is distinguished by its continued commitment to facilitate the empowerment, enhancement, and full participation of African Americans in a global society.

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