Artis is an attorney and former provost at Mountain State University in West Virginia.
She became interim president in June, a move that is typically reserved for temporary presidents who are already on staff.
But Artis was an outside hire specifically brought in as interim president.
The school has experienced turnover at the top. Former president Henry Lewis III lasted less than a year and his predecessor left abruptly in 2009 after two years.
The school had an enrollment of 1,579 in 2012, a 20 percent drop from 2000.