Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Ph.D. President California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Ph.D., began his presidency at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in February 2011. Leading Cal Poly, Armstrong has focused on bolstering student success by expanding university-industry partnerships to attract more applied research to the campus, thereby increasing professional development and enriching classroom instruction. This keeps with Cal Poly’s added emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Before joining Cal Poly, Armstrong served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of animal science at Michigan State University, beginning in 2001. He was also head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University from 1997 to 2001 and served in various positions at North Carolina State University from 1986 through 1997. Armstrong attended Murray State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He earned both a master’s degree and doctorate in physiology from North Carolina State University.