BCC president faces multiple challenges
J. David Armstrong, experienced in education policy, has the tough task of leading Broward Community College when the state is cutting funds.
Posted on Sun, Mar. 30, 2008
BY NATALIE P. McNEAL
Growing up as a young boy in small-town Alabama, J. David Armstrong knew the value of an education. His grandmother, who worked as an assistant in the school system, constantly implored him to go to college.
Armstrong was the first person in his immediate family to attend college. He's still there -- now as Broward Community College's president.
''My grandmother was very influential in my life,'' said Armstrong, 51.
Since Armstrong took over the position from interim president Willis Holcombe in 2007, the school has made changes.
For instance, BCC has received initial approval to offer bachelor's degrees in education in a county that has a shortage of special needs teachers and math teachers. Last August, Broward County Public Schools had 190 openings for exceptional student education instructors, 169 openings in mathematics and 148 vacancies in science.
The school is lobbying the Legislature to change its name to Broward College, reflecting the bachelor's degrees it plans to offer. [Read more…]