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President J. David Armstrong's Biography

J. David Armstrong, Jr. brings more than 25 years of experience as a state and national leader in higher education and economic development to his presidency at Broward College.
 
He leads one of the largest and most diverse colleges in America, enrolling more than 67,000 students from more than 150 different nations of origin. Under President Armstrong’s leadership, the College has moved from a traditional community college to an institution that also offers baccalaureate programs in targeted workforce areas, providing career opportunities for students and a trained workforce for business and industry. Under his leadership, the College has been ranked among the top 10 community colleges in the nation, after having been named among the top 10 percent of community colleges for the past two years, by the Washington D.C.-based Aspen Institute. Broward College is consistently ranked in the top 10 producers of degrees for minorities nationally. His focus on expanding access and global competitiveness has resulted in new locations, both locally and abroad, with 10 campuses and centers in Greater Fort Lauderdale and 10 international partnerships from Shanghai, Singapore and Sri Lanka to Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.
 
During the most challenging state budget reductions in the College's history, President Armstrong has managed to balance the budget through efficiencies while adding new programs such as manufacturing and new workforce bachelor’s degrees in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) areas to serve student and community needs. While most colleges and universities implemented significant cost increases to students, Broward College this year kept tuition flat for the first time in more than a decade, resulting in the lowest cost college and university tuition in South Florida for students and their families.  
 
Under President Armstrong's leadership, Broward College has developed a new strategic plan focused on "Transforming Students' Lives by Connecting, Challenging and Completing." The plan emphasizes online learning, math redesign, a summer program for developmental students, student educational plans and other initiatives to lead Broward College to "best in class" status among its peers as measured by student learning gains and successes.
 
President Armstrong serves in a variety positions with non-profit, workforce and educational organizations and is the current Chair of Leadership Florida.  President Armstrong is immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the region’s economic development public-private partnership. In this role, President Armstrong co-chaired the Six Pillars growth strategy for Broward County that maps out the vision for the next two decades in the county.  He is a member of the Council on Competitiveness - a national organization of CEOs from leading U.S. corporations and university and college presidents focused on business, education, and workforce global competitiveness issues, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Broward Workshop, Broward County United Way, and the Broward College Foundation. President Armstrong has also been recognized for his influential work and service in the business community, receiving several awards including the 100 Top Business Leaders in Florida Award, the South Florida Business Journal Diamond Award, the South Florida Business Journal Power Leader recognition and Gold Coast Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County.
 
President Armstrong is an alumnus of the Leadership Florida Class of 1999-2000 and a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. Previously he was the Chancellor of the Florida Community College System.
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