SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently announced the appointment of Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). Artis is one of six new members of the council that consists of university presidents and academic leaders who provide advice and recommendations to Johnson on matters related to homeland security and the academic community.
“I am honored to have been chosen by Secretary Johnson to serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council,” said Artis. “The council affords me the opportunity to contribute to the conversation around our nation’s security and the important role higher education institutions play in preparing students to fill jobs that keep our nation safe now and into the future.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formed HSAAC in March 2012. The council supports DHS’s mission by tapping into the expertise of the nation’s colleges and universities to address homeland security needs and incorporate scientific findings into DHS’ operations; by strengthening the ability of colleges and universities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from threats; and by enhancing DHS’ cybersecurity recruitment efforts and support “resilient” campus systems and networks.
HSAAC also supports academic programs that help the workforce; advances opportunities for international students to study in America while maintaining the integrity of the immigration process; and focuses on career opportunities within DHS.
Artis was appointed as the 13th president of Florida Memorial University in February 2014 and is the first woman president in the university’s history. Located in the city of Miami Gardens, FMU is South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University, and one of four in the state.