Historically Black Colleges and Universities are woven into the fabric of the United States educational system. However, with bias leading qualified Black students, leadership, and HBCU institutions to be overlooked, it is important that HBCU representatives are placed in high-powered positions. Thanks to the nomination of Congressman James E. Clyburn, Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, has been nominated by Congressman Jim Clyburn to serve on a national committee that works with the Secretary of Education. Get the story from ABC 17 below!

Dr. Artis’ four-year appointment on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will begin immediately.

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, courtesy of ABC 15

Congressman Clyburn nominated Dr. Artis and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advanced her nomination to one of the six seats she fills on the NACIQI, according to the release.

“I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Artis will join the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity,” said Congressman Clyburn. “Dr. Artis is a fierce advocate for educational access and I am confident in her ability to advocate for positive and strategic transformation. She is a trailblazer, shattering the glass ceiling twice as the first female President of two collegiate institutions in the United States. I am pleased she will have the opportunity to use her experiences to continue advocating for colleges and universities that serve underrepresented men and women of color.”

Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), courtesy of CNN

“It is my great honor to serve as a committee member for NACIQI,” stated Dr. Artis. “I am deeply grateful to House Majority Whip, Congressman Clyburn and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for my nomination and appointment to this role. Higher education institutions are vitally important to the fabric of America as they provide the skilled workforce that drives our nation’s economy and stimulate the development of new knowledge to fuel innovation. It is critically important for these institutions to operate with the highest standards of quality and integrity. I am pleased to serve alongside my fellow NACIQI committee members to ensure that these measures of excellence are met throughout the higher education community.”

According to the release, the NACIQI works with the Secretary of Education on establishing and enforcing the standards of academic accreditation and on the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.