New President for Thomas More
Thomas More College in Crestview Hills (KY) announces that Dr. David A. Armstrong will become the college’s 14th president on July 1 of this year, replacing retiring president Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, CDP. He will be officially welcomed at a 10:30 am ceremony at the college on May 22.
Currently vice president and general counsel of Notre Dame College in South Euclid (OH), Dr. Armstrong was instrumental in increasing the school’s enrollment and retention; securing the largest gift ($2.1 million) in college history; leading a re-branding campaign; and developing new academic programs and initiatives. He holds a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Accounting from Mercyhurst University in Erie (PA). Armstrong and his wife, Leslie, have two children.
“I am very pleased that David Armstrong has accepted our offer to take up the presidency of Thomas More College,” says Covington Bishop Roger Foys. “I was very impressed with him during my interview and I have every confidence that he will build on the solid foundation of those who have gone before him, especially that of our most recent president, Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer. As bishop of Covington and chancellor of our diocesan Thomas More College, I look forward to working very closely with Mr. Armstrong.”
Armstrong has already met with students, faculty and staff. “My wife and I could not be more excited to come to this beautiful area and serve such a wonderful Catholic college that has instilled students with a value-based, liberal arts education since 1921,” Armstrong said. “In this day and age, when the landscape of higher education is changing every day, it is imperative that colleges like Thomas More not only survive, but thrive.
“Thomas More College has delivered a uniquely personal education that prepares students with the integrity and the academic skills to make a direct impact on local, national and global challenges. Sr. Margaret has done spectacular work, and I look forward to carrying on her tradition of excellence while enhancing Thomas More College’s position in the minds of prospective students and supporters.”
Armstrong also says his family is looking forward to life in Northern Kentucky. “Thomas More College and the Northern Kentucky community have a warmth and comfortableness we felt immediately on our first visit. We look forward to becoming part of the fabric of such a vibrant and friendly community.”
Armstrong was elected from four candidates by the college’s Board of Trustees. John F. Hodge III, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee and incoming Chair of the Thomas More College Board of Trustees, says the Trustees are enthusiastic about their choice.
“Dave possesses the experience and skill set to serve successfully as president of Thomas More College,” he says. “He will bring enthusiasm, passion and energy to the position. I look forward to him building upon what Sr. Margaret has achieved.”
Thomas More College, founded in 1921 by Benedictine sisters, is the Catholic college of the Diocese of Covington. Routinely named one of the best values in higher education by Money magazine’s Best College Buys issue and recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching as a ‘selective liberal arts college.’
Photo courtesy Thomas More College.
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