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May 17, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Community Colleges Chancellor David Armstrong to Become Broward Community College’s Next President

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Community Colleges Chancellor J. David Armstrong, Jr. today announced that he was selected by the Broward Community College (BCC) District Board of Trustees to serve as the college’s next president. Armstrong has accepted the offer pending contract negotiation and plans to begin his new position on July 9.

"I am excited to be going to Broward Community College to work with faculty and staff to open the doors of opportunity to the American Dream through an outstanding college education," said Armstrong. "The tradition of academic quality is unsurpassed at Broward, with many highly successful alumni not only in Broward County, but also across our nation."

For nearly 10 years, Armstrong has led Florida’s community college system. During his tenure, Florida’s community colleges have:

  • Increased access to postsecondary education, in particular for underserved populations.
  • Developed a new master plan.
  • Secured equitable funding from the Florida Legislature.
  • Formed partnerships with major business organizations.
  • Began developing bachelor’s degrees targeted to high demand, critical shortage areas in Florida’s workforce.
  • Met the need for new community college leaders through the Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. Now in its seventh year, the Seminar is a nationally recognized professional development experience for mid-level college administrators who have the potential to become community college presidents. Several new college presidents are graduates of the program.

"Florida’s community college system is nationally-recognized – a testament to the leadership and vision of Chancellor Armstrong," said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. "We appreciate the many years of service David has given to our state and his dedication to higher education. I know he will continue his advocacy for community colleges and I look forward to working with him in his new role."

Blomberg said she and the State Board of Education will decide on the selection process for the chancellor's position.

Prior to his selection as Community Colleges Chancellor, Armstrong served as executive director for the State Board of Community Colleges. He began his community college career 23 years ago at Pensacola Junior College, moving to the state office in Tallahassee approximately 20 years ago.

Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the University of Montevallo (Ala.) and a Master of Management Science degree from Troy State University (now Troy University). He has completed the coursework and comprehensive examination in Florida State University's Higher Education Leadership doctoral program, where he focused his studies on higher education and organizational effectiveness.