Benedict College last month announced a record breaking year in fundraising, exceeding its overall annual philanthropic goal by 32 percent, increasing alumni gifts by 18 percent and raising more than $1 million for the fourth consecutive year.
When executive leadership turns over at an institution of higher education, context matters. In some instances, executives who’ve served long tenures retire with preparations made and accreditation, financial solvency, and steady enrollment all neatly packaged to deliver to the next CEO. When that next executive emerges, the product of a dutiful national search involving boards, alumni, and key stakeholders, institutions continue to enjoy the responsible and predictable growth that serves the educational and employment needs of students, faculty, staff, and the economic needs of the region.
Dr. Artis discusses Benedict’s recent announcement of lowered tuition costs for students, the financial nuances of managing HBCU operations, her reaction to Beyoncé’s HBCU tribute, and the opportunities and pressures for women serving as campus CEOs.
This morning on my drive to work I listened, as I always do, to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Shaun King, noted Civil Rights activist and writer, offered a poignant perspective this morning on the historical significance of the blockbuster movie, “Black Panther.”
Benedict College President Roslyn Clark-Artis offers real talk on the state of the campus, its prospects for future success, and the will of the board of trustees to grow the institution’s brand.
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Historically black colleges and universities nationwide are emerging as valuable resources in preparation for today’s solar eclipse. From safe watching advice to weather and atmospheric monitoring, HBCU campuses will welcome new public exposure this afternoon in connection with the rare national eclipse, the likes of which haven’t been visible in the United States for 99 years.
Morehouse College Physics Chair Willie Rockward offers viewing tips for the height of the eclipse.
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In Orangeburg, SC., astronomers at South Carolina State University will be a part of a national team collecting images and data to document the event, an initiative funded in part by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
At Tennessee State University, officials expect as many as 10,000 members of the campus and Nashville community to visit the campus for the viewing party.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” said TSU Dean of Students Frank Stevenson. “We want it to be a day that you will remember where you were on this day. It will also be an opportunity to showcase a little bit of Tennessee State University.”
Roslyn Clark Artis, the Florida Memorial University president who has dominated recent HBCU national headlines with her community outreach efforts and rumored candidacy for a high-profile presidency, was last week named as president of Benedict College. She will be the first woman to hold the position at the 147-year-old institution, beginning on Sept. 1.
In a release, university officials highlighted Dr. Artis’ achievements over her four-year tenure at the school, including the development of the university’s strategic planning and grant writing productivity building processes, a 20% increase in unrestricted gifts including a $3.8 million gift – the largest in school history.
In May, she attracted national attention for awarding a posthumous degree to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager murdered in Sanford, FL in 2012 whose death sparked a national movement against police violence and disproportionate policing of black communities.
Weeks after the event, Dr. Clark Artis made headlines in Jackson, MS., where she was identified as the likely preferred candidate for the Jackson State University presidency. Her potential inclusion in the search drew criticism from alumni, resulting in the unpopular appointment of Mississippi Valley State University President William Bynum as JSU’s new campus leader.
Virginia Union University’s women’s basketball team leads a large delegation of HBCU teams which have secured bids to the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
The Lady Panthers will open the tournament as the top seed in the Atlantic division of the women’s bracket, and will play Indiana (Pa.) in the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond on Mar. 11. Tournament sixth-seed and CIAA tournament runner-up Shaw University and seventh-seeded Chowan University will face West Liberty and California (Pa.) respectively, and with wins, will face each other in the second round.
SIAC women’s champion and second-seeded Benedict College will face Florida Tech in its opening round game, and fourth-seeded Kentucky State University draws Florida Southern.
In the men’s bracket, CIAA champion Virginia State University drew a sixth seed and will face Fairmont State in its tournament opener in Wheeling, WV. In its last tournament as a member of the NCAA, SIAC champion Stillman College will face West Georgia in its opening round game as a fifth seed in the South region.