FMU announces hiring of new interim president

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

In a move geared towards stabilizing the daily operations at Florida Memorial University [FMU] and in efforts to put the past behind them, the University has chosen Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, former executive vice president and chief academic officer at Mountain State University [Beckley, West Virginia] as its new interim president. Artis replaces Dr. Mary OBanner, a senior academic administrator and chief of staff, who was appointed last November following an unfortunate series of events that led to the resignation and departure of former University President Dr. Henry Lewis, II. In a written statement received from FMUs Board of Trustees Chairman Charles George about administrative changes at South Floridas only Historically Black College and University, he said that Artis will take the leadership helm on July 15th. He declined an interview but added that both he and Artis would be available to the media in the coming weeks.

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Artis most recently served as a member of the Presidents Cabinet at Mountain State University [MSU] as the executive vice president and chief academic officer a position she held for just over one year. Throughout her career, she has also served as a partner 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 Wooten Law Firm; an associate attorney at Brown & Levicoff PLLC; and an adjunct professor at The College of West Virginia. Her educational accomplishments include: B.A. in political science, West Virginia State College Institute; J.D., West Virginia University College of Law; and Trustee Scholar graduate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Vanderbilt University. MSU, Artiss most recent employer, ceased to operate effective Jan. 1, 2013 after its regional accreditation was terminated by the Higher Learning Commission. Ironically, just as MSUs former president, Dr. Charles H. Polk, had been widely credited for much of the schools previous success, many later blamed him along with his senior administration and the Board of Trustees when the University began facing issues related to its continued accreditation. The Board had hoped to win its appeal but was unsuccessful. Artis is not the only individual tagged by FMU in their efforts to revise their top-level administrative staff. Cynthia Curry, a longtime Miami resident with a professional record that includes executive-level appointments with the City of Miramar, Miami-Dade County, CWC & Associates, Inc. and Florida International University, recently joined FMU as the interim vice president of business and fiscal affairs. Editors note: In November 2010, after extending its search for president for several months, FMUs Board of Trustees announced three new finalists for the job: Henry Lewis, III, Pharm.D.; Curtis B. Charles, Ph.D.; and Roslyn Curtis Artis, J.D., Ed.D. Lewis would go on to be chosen by the Board. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com