Dr. Tom Armstrong was named the sixth president of Eastern Wyoming College in August of 2008.
Prior to joining the EWC family, he served as a faculty member for fifteen years and an administrator for twelve at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. He began his career teaching and coaching at two high schools in southeastern Colorado. Early administrative work included community education, workforce and customized training, concurrent credit, professional development, outreach, and scheduling before serving as OJC’s Vice President for Instructional Services from 1999-2008.
Dr. Armstrong has been recognized by his peers as outstanding faculty of the year as well as outstanding administrator of the year. He represented his last college on several statewide councils. He was selected as one of twenty Kellogg Fellows for a year-long program to study the issue of Expanding Leadership Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Armstrong was also selected to participate and contribute to the League for Innovations on the Community College Executive Leadership Institute. He will be serving as president of the Presidents’ Council for the seven Wyoming Community Colleges or the next two years.
He earned his Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University in 1996. Dr. Armstrong has always been a teacher; he views his administrative career as a means to provide support to a larger group of students, faculty, and staff college-wide. He has been a strong voice for Eastern Wyoming College and its mission to serve all learners from Torrington to Wheatland to Hulett and all points in between. He believes we create our own futures.
Dr. Armstrong has carried three words on his business card for a number of years: Quality—Community–Opportunity. He believes this captures what he’s seen evidenced at Eastern and in its people. Dedicated people who work hard and genuinely care about what they do has been a hallmark of the college.
He is married to Jean Armstrong, who was a faculty member in the Department of Arts, teaching composition, communications, and humanities at Otero Junior College. Jean currently serves as a part-time instructor for dance and exercise classes and supports numerous functions at Eastern Wyoming College and in the community. They have two sons: Matt, an architect and planner who lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Laura, a professor at Saint Leo University, grandsons, Alejandro and Marco, and a granddaughter arriving spring of 2013. His youngest, Mason, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and is a lieutenant working with nuclear missiles. In June of 2013, Mason will be marrying Whitney, a recent graduate in education from the University of Northern Colorado who will be teaching high school English.