About the president

About the President

David A. Armstrong, J.D., kicked off his first year at St. Thomas University in August 2018, becoming the University’s 10th president. Armstrong comes to St. Thomas University from Thomas More College, a Catholic liberal arts school belonging to the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, where he was been president since 2013. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, President Armstrong holds a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in accounting, from Mercyhurst University.


Armstrong has been recognized throughout his professional career as the recipient of the following awards:  “Carpe Diem Award” (highest distinction awarded to graduating senior), Mercyhurst University (1986); Rhodes Scholar Candidate; GTE Academic All-American; Member, Football Hall of Fame, Mercyhurst University (1991), Charter Member Athletic Hall of Fame, Mercyhurst University (1996), Member, Alumni Hall of Fame, St. Peter Chanel (OH) High School (2009), and Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Service in a Chosen Field, Mercyhurst University (2015).


Armstrong, a nationally-recognized speaker on future trends of higher education law and Title IX issues, has dedicated his career to making sure small, faith-based colleges not only survive but thrive in the new landscape of higher education. His commitment to the transformative power of a vibrant higher education has driven the colleges he has worked in to experience remarkable growth in enrollment, corporate partnerships and collegiate program agreements with other institutions through new academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. His vision has guided other institutions into the future with comprehensive strategic plans, which emphasize student success, faculty innovation and increased donor engagement and giving.  Armstrong strives to advance the mission and work of St. Thomas University with a collaborative, innovative spirit, which will yield exciting new ventures and help expand the college’s regional and national footprint.


Armstrong is married to Leslie R. (Hafenmaier) Armstrong and they have two children, David Balthazar and Johanna Marie.