South Florida’s Only HBCU Inaugurates the First Woman President in the University’s History

Dr. ArtisMiami, FL, October 4, 2014 — Florida Memorial University hosted a series of events for the Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Rosyln Artis, the 13th President  of South Florida’s only HBCU. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis,  a visionary educator and leader, was appointed President February 2014, unanimously by the Board of Trustees as the 13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first woman President in the University’s 135-year history.

With the theme “Lifting Ev’ry Voice As We Keep Our Promise For a Better & Brighter Future”, the university Inaugural events included:

  • University Spirit Day
  • Student Inaugural Ball
  • Academic Symposium – Session I “Human rights, Then & Now”
  • Academic Symposium – Session II “The 21st Century Successful Woman” 
  • Stiletto Stroll and Stride for Breast Cancer 
  • Lunch on the Lawn with the President
  • Inaugural Jazz Concert 
  • Legacy Tribute
  • Prayer Breakfast
  • Investiture Ceremony
  • Presidential Inaugural Scholarship Gala 

These events would not have been possible without the generous support of the Lion’s Pride Inaugural Sponsors Premiere Presidential Sponsors Thompson Hospitality Services, Inc. and CareerSource South Florida.

The K.Jules Project wishes Dr. Roslyn Artis nothing but success as she blazes a trail here in South Florida.

About Florida Memorial University
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 41 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of Barrington Irving, Jr., the first and youngest pilot of African descent to fly solo around the world. Florida Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information, visit

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A native of Miami, Florida, Kerline Jules is one of South Florida’s leading young professionals and community leaders invested in public service and passionate about elevating the message of social and economic empowerment. Kerline believes a legacy of good intentions is no legacy at all; her very focus is on making sure that her life’s work makes an impact.

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