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.