Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan, Esq.
Senior Vice President and Secretary
As Senior Vice President and Secretary of Howard University, Artis Hampshire-Cowan serves as corporate secretary of the University; manages the affairs of Howard's Board of Trustees; and for a decade, planned and managed all official functions of the University, including Opening Convocation, Charter Day, and Commencement. For seven years, she performed a dual function as Vice President for Human Resource Management and provided executive oversight of human resource management for a workforce of over 5,000. During her tenure, she has also served as Acting President, Interim Chief Operating Officer, and as the University's lead on the initiative to expand and develop the North Research Campus in Beltsville, Maryland.
Ms. Hampshire-Cowan is a sought-after speaker and trainer. Her training specialties include organizational development, leadership, managing change, diversity, board development, and strategic deployment. She has provided training for boards of directors and executive management in higher education, business, government, and nonprofit community-based organizations, including: National Association of Women Business Owners, Executive Business Women, National Black MBA Association, National Bar Association, National Medical Association, Junior League of Washington, the Urban League, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, United States Office of Personnel Management, and Department of Home Land Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a graduate of the Stephen Covey Leadership Center and is a certified trainer for the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Principle Centered Leadership, and First Things First.
After graduating with honors from Morris Brown College with a degree in Business Management, Ms. Hampshire-Cowan entered Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Juris Doctor degree. She subsequently served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and relocated to Washington, DC, where she started her career of more than twelve years with the government of the District of Columbia.
Her career with the District Government included service as a Congressional lobbyist, attorney-advisor, and consumer and regulatory enforcement administrator. She held such positions as Congressional lobbyist with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations; Chief of the Office of Compliance at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; Historic Preservation Development Expert; Senior Advisor/Attorney Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and City Administrator; and General Counsel at R.F.K. Stadium, where she served as in-house counsel and the chief negotiator for several sports initiatives including the Redskins/District proposal to construct a new Redskins stadium in the District of Columbia. She served as special counsel to Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry regarding successful negotiations to relocate the Redskins to the Maryland suburbs.
Additionally, she is one who gives back to the community. She is very active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including:
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Mrs. Hampshire-Cowan currently resides in Mitchellville, Maryland, with her husband, Ernest. They have two children, Carri—a 2009 Howard University Bachelor of Business Administration--Finance graduate, magna cum laude, and Ernest, Jr.—a 2010 HU Bachelor of Arts--Communications graduate.