Florida Memorial University has appointed Castell Bryant as acting president, marking the second change at the helm of the Miami Gardens higher education institution, since this summer.
Bryant replaces Michelle Howard-Vital in the position effective Nov. 20. Howard-Vital stepped up following the departure of Roslyn Clark Artis, who resigned to accept the presidency at Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina.
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 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 the stability and focus required as we continue our search efforts for a permanent president.”
Bryant is a former campus president at Miami Dade College. In 2007, she was interim president at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee and an interim vice president for academic affairs at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach.