National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges

J . David Armstrong Jr. 

Florida Community College System

J . David Armstrong Jr. is the Executive Director of the Florida Community College System. In that capacity he is the Chief Executive Officer for the 28 college system and the State Board of Community Colleges, which is appointed by the governor and oversees policy coordination for the system. The system has an annual operating budget of more than $1.2 billion, and a capital outlay budget of more than $100 million.

Mr. Armstrong's vision for the system is summarized in the system's logo: "Putting Minds To Work". He has developed numerous partnerships with business and industry to develop and deliver programs to train workers, with the K-12 system to provide more opportunities for students in higher education, and with public and private universities to assure further education opportunities for community college students.

In addition to these partnerships, he serves on several statewide organizations including the Council of 100, Enterprise Florida's Jobs and Education Partnership, the Board of Governor's for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the recently announced Leadership Florida Class of 1999-2000.

His primary strategic initiatives for the system include providing access to lifelong careers through quality training programs, providing business and industry with qualified workers, and assuring that all students have an opportunity to further their education through bachelor's degrees. Technology and interactive electronic learning opportunities are a current focus.

Mr. Armstrong received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Montevallo in his native state of Alabama, and he also holds a master's degree in management science. He is completing his dissertation for his
doctoral degree in education leadership and management at Florida State University.

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The National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).  The council provides a forum for the exchange of information about developments, trends, and problems in state systems of community colleges.  

Through our affiliation with AACC, we also strive to affect national legislation that impacts our colleges and state agencies.

This is the only Council that represents the collective interest of state agencies and state boards of community colleges.  This council is a valuable forum to help state directors deal with the changes in attitude and policies towards community colleges at the international, federal, state and local levels.  We will share information and learn lessons from each other to better serve the interests of our institutions in the coming years.

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