Ep. 10 – State of HBCUs (Part 1)

Episode Summary – What’s going on at HBCUs today? When was the last time you checked in on your alma mater? Are you an active alumnus? Do you know what’s happening with its accreditation? It’s endowment?  HBCUbiquity’s host Thomas Joyner Jr. talks to Dr. Roslyn Artis, president of Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., who will tell you what’s she’s doing to ensure the college is around for another 150 years. Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, president and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas tells you how she learns from her students and what it means to be a female president.


  • Showing up for homecoming vs. alumni conferences
  • Importance of reading annual reports
  • “I don’t compete with another HBCU unless we are talking sports” 
  • Social media makes presidents more accessible to students
  • Private institutions are feeling pressure to tell their stories
  • How Benedict College stays competitive
  • Why Core Values at HBCUs are extremely important
  • How not to lose the ‘heartbeat’ of the campus
  • Challenges & benefits of being a female president
  • Mary E. Branch- Former President of Tillotson College and first female president of an accredited institution in Texas
  • What is the Teacher Quality Program & 6530 Texas Initiative 


Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. The 14th president of Benedict College. Not to mention this is the SECOND time she has made history as the FIRST-female President of not only a collegiate institution in the United States, of HBCUs! She is the former president of Florida Memorial University.

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is the FIRST female president and CEO of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas’ oldest institution of higher learning and only #HBCU. Taking her position in 2015, this #HBCUPresident is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis Twitter: @ArtisRoslyn

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette Twitter: @HTPresCPB

Benedict College Twitter: @BenedictEDU

Benedict College Instagram: @Benedict_College

Benedict College Facebook

Huston-Tillotson University Twitter: @HustonTillotson

Huston-Tillotson University Instagram: @hustontillotsonuniversity

Huston-Tillotson University Facebook

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