Thomas More College Announces New President
David A. Armstrong, J. D. to Begin July 1, 2013
CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY, May 20, 2013 – Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., announced today that David A. Armstrong will become the College’s 14th president. The
Thomas More College Board of Trustees elected him. The Bishop of the Diocese of Covington and Chancellor of Thomas More College The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys approved the selection. Armstrong replaces Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P., who will retire as president effective June 30, 2013. He will take the helm July 1, 2013.
Armstrong is currently the vice president and general counsel of Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, where he was instrumental in increasing enrollment and retention securing the largest gift ($2.1 million) in college history and developing new academic programs and initiatives, along with leading a re-branding campaign in 2010.
Bishop Foys commented on the selection, “I am very pleased that David Armstrong has accepted our offer to take up the presidency of Thomas More College. 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, Sister Margaret Stallmeyer. As bishop of Covington and chancellor of our diocesan Thomas More College, I look forward to working very closely with Mr. Armstrong.”
Presidential Search Committee Chair and incoming Chair of the Thomas More College Board of Trustees John F. Hodge III further elaborated, “Dave possesses the experience and skill set to serve successfully as president of Thomas More College. He will bring enthusiasm, passion and energy to the position. I look forward to him building upon what Sister Margaret has achieved.”
Armstrong has already met with students, faculty and staff prior to his selection. He was one of four finalists who visited the campus in April. He said that it is a privilege to be selected and he looks forward to the opportunity to serve as president of Thomas More College. “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. Sister Margaret has done spectacular work there, 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,” he added.
Armstrong 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. He said his wife, Leslie, and their two children, David and Johanna, are excited about moving to the Northern Kentucky area. “Leslie and I were treated like good friends on our visits to Thomas More. We felt right at home because of the hospitality of the Board of Trustees, Board Chair John Hodge, Sister Margaret and the rest of the college community. It is very important to us that we are among people who are friendly and welcoming as we raise our children. 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,” he explained.
The Presidential Search Committee included members from the Thomas More College Board of Trustees, the Diocese of Covington, faculty, staff and students. Armstrong will meet with the Thomas More College community on campus Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for an official welcome.