24. Roslyn Clark Artis
The Benedict College president is getting more national attention and has built a strong reputation across the city, including winning the Columbia Chamber’s Trailblazer Award. She spearheaded a project for a group of historically black colleges to share courses, which offers classes online to help with graduate rates, that is gathering more interest. She was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity that works with the U.S. Department of Education on academic accreditation issues. She also sits on the NCAA Division II Presidents Council that oversees athletics for the schools that play two levels below large colleges like the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.