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Thomas More President Resigns, Accepts Job in Florida

Thomas More president David Armstrong is leaving Crestview Hills.

The Diocese of Covington announced Thursday that Bishop Roger Foys and Thomas More College board president Marc Neltner accepted Armstrong's resignation.

Armstrong has been named president of St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. His last day at Thomas More will be July 31.

He was named president at Thomas More in October 2013.

“I am grateful to President Armstrong for all he has done to enhance our Thomas More College in his short time as president,” said Foys. “His impact on Thomas More College will be felt for years to come. I wish him well as he moves on to St. Thomas University in Miami.”

The Diocese noted Armstrong's achievements at Thomas More as securing the largest donor gift in history of the college, and for creating the Student Success Center. The Center has since established the Institute for Learning Differences, Institute for Career and Graduate Planning, and the Zembrodt Institute for Academic Excellence. He established the Bishop Foys Scholarship for Campus Ministry, which is awarded to Catholic students who intentionally participate in the development and growth of the college’s campus ministry. Additionally, the Institute for Religious Liberty was established in 2015 and has hosted an annual symposium as well as an Interfaith Dialogue panel.

“We are excited for all the great things that have been accomplished during Dave’s time of leadership at the College,” said Neltner. “We are grateful for his service and look forward to who the next person might be to carry on the tradition of transformative leadership at Thomas More College. We wish Dave our blessings as he moves his family on to Miami.”

Under Armstrong’s leadership, Thomas More College ranked number one for Return on Investment in Kentucky (2015, 16, 17) and in Greater Cincinnati (2015, 16) by Payscale.com. He has developed Thomas More College as an engaged community leader as demonstrated by organizing the Catholic Business Professionals Network and establishing the Institute for Higher Education Compliance to assist colleges in navigating the complexities of compliance, policy, and governance, the Diocese said in a news release.

“My wife, Leslie, and I loved our time at Thomas More and we are excited to begin a new chapter at St. Thomas University in Miami,” said Armstrong. “We are products of a small, Catholic liberal arts college and believe in the transformative experience this type of college provides. Bishop Foys, Marc Neltner, trustees, faculty, staff, and especially the students at TMC gave us more than we ever gave them — we are eternally grateful. Because of them, TMC is on an excellent trajectory. We will miss everyone from TMC and Northern Kentucky more than they will ever know and we look forward to bringing all we learned at Thomas More to St. Thomas University.”

The Board of Trustees and Bishop Foys will meet to discuss the appointment of an interim president and the establishment of a committee to begin a search for the 15th president of Thomas More College.

-Staff report