MIAMI GARDENS – Florida Memorial University, a historically black university located in Miami Gardens, has appointed Castell Vaughn Bryant as its acting president, the school announced.
Bryant will be standing in for interim president Michelle Howard-Vital, who is currently on medical leave. Howard-Vital stepped up following the departure of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, who accepted presidency at Benedict College in South Carolina.
According to The Miami Times, FMU board of trustees chairman JoLinda L. Herring announced the changes Thursday afternoon in a written statement. The statement said that Howard-Vital is on medical leave.
“With great dedication and much determination, Florida Memorial University is committed to empowering our students to succeed with exceptional excellence,” said Herring, an attorney. “The change in leadership will help position our university’s common core values and services to our students as well as throughout our community. Dr. Bryant brings both the qualifications and experience needed to strengthen this process. Her love for the students, toppled with her extensive knowledge and awareness of our community and the HBCU environment, are but a few of her stellar attributes. Under her leadership, direction and guidance, we are certain that she will provide stability and focus required as we continue our search efforts for a permanent president.”
Bryant was FMU’s interim chief executive officer and has a long record of experience in leadership positions at HBCUs. She served as president of Miami Dade College North and Medical campuses. In 2007, she was interim president at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and interim vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University.