President Armstrong’s leadership, Broward College was
named one of the top ten community colleges in the nation, according to the
Washington D.C.-based Aspen Institute, and consistently ranks as one of the top
ten associate degree producers in the country by Community College Week. With a strong commitment to the community,
and a true understanding of the ever-evolving workforce landscape and the
changing role of higher education, President Armstrong has guided the College
toward better addressing the persistent skills gap concern, providing career
opportunities to students, and contributing skilled workers to local industry
and business. Since 2012, Broward College received four grants from the U.S.
Department of Labor, totaling more than $17 million, addressing the current and
future needs of the workforce. In 2009, he oversaw the introduction of several
baccalaureate program offerings. Today, the College offers 12 different options
in a variety of high-demand fields that are a direct result of local workforce
needs, including information technology, nursing, supply chain management,
education and more.
the thriving and vibrant
student community and to expand access to higher education, several new
locations, including the Coral Springs Academic Center and Miramar West Center
opened in 2012 and 2014, respectively. President Armstrong also oversaw the
establishment of Broward College’s fourth campus – Broward College Online. In
2014, the Health Sciences Simulation Center, a three-story, state-of-the-art
building dedicated to creating an engaging, real-life simulated clinical
experience that mirrors an acute-care facility, opened on the College’s Central
Campus. Also, the Academic and Laboratory Science Building opened in 2015. With
President Armstrong’s support, the College has continued to form international
educational partnerships with other centers and affiliates, located in Shanghai,
Singapore, Sri Lanka, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.
Recent highlights of his presidency include the
introduction of several special and unique community events, such as the Broward
College Speakers Series, Village Square and the Fringe Festival.
During the most challenging state budget reductions
in the College's history, President Armstrong managed to balance the budget
while adding new programs, including 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 kept tuition flat for three
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.
Armstrong was previously the Chancellor of the
Florida Community College System, where he oversaw the 28 college systems and
the State Board of Community Colleges. He is also a graduate of Harvard
University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in
State and Local Government, as well as an alumnus of the Leadership Florida
Class of 1999-2000.
President Armstrong serves in a variety of
positions with non-profit, workforce and educational organizations. He is a past
Chair of Leadership Florida, an 800-member group of leaders dedicated to
engaging Floridians on the state’s most-pressing issues, and 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 Broward County. President Armstrong also serves on the Board of
Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future, Broward Workshop and the Broward
He 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 South
Florida Business Journal’s Diamond Award, South Florida Business and Wealth’s Apogee Award, and recognitions
such as, South Florida Business Journal’s
Power Leader and Gold Coast Magazine’s
50 Most Powerful People in Broward County.
Armstrong received his master's degree from Troy
State University in management and graduated with his bachelor's degree in
social science from the University of Montevallo in his home state of Alabama. In
his spare time, he enjoys travelling, visiting museums, attending concerts,
plays, opera and dance performances, as well as watching soccer.