9 things you didn't know about Thomas More College President David Armstrong

A fan of Corvettes, peas not so much

This is one in a periodic series of profiles on local college and university presidents.

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Thomas More College President David Armstrong is passionate about education in general and the Catholic college he leads in particular. 

But he has some fun, too, as his answers to this week's "9 things" feature show.

1 - Your hometown and your favorite thing about growing up there. 

Cleveland. For people who have never been to Cleveland, they don't understand. It's the best place to live and grow up. Growing up there you learn that no matter how tough it is, you're going to survive. When a sunny day comes, you take advantage of it. You appreciate what you have.

2 - What's the hardest job you ever had?

When I was 18, I had to scrape massive gas tanks by hand and sand blast them and paint them at a cement company. We had to clean ourselves with gasoline. 

3- What's your favorite junk food? 

I have too many of them. Graeter's ice cream and Grippo's BBQ potato chips are new staples for me. And fried chicken and chicken wings.

4- What food can you not stand?

Peas. I was forced to eat them when I was young.

5 - What's your secret talent? 

I showed that at the Children's Law Center's Dancing with the Stars fundraiser. I won two disco dance contests. I'm a husky John Travolta.

6 - Name an item on your bucket list

I'd love to be at the Super Bowl with the Cleveland Browns winning it.

7 - What's your favorite joke, suitable for a family publication? 

What's the difference between a dead lawyer and a dead opossum on the road? There are skid marks in front of the opossum (Armstrong has a law degree).

8 - What about Thomas More makes you most proud? 
 
It's a very family-oriented place. But what makes me most proud happened last spring. A lawnmower turned over on a maintenance worker, and a kid saw it happen from his car. He scaled a 6½-foot fence and got the mower off his head. He would have been dead if not for the student. Our mission statement sounds very lofty, but watching (on a security camera tape) one of my students and, later, our coaches and staff save a life is what it's all about.
 
9 - What's the biggest piece of unfinished business you'd like to accomplish during your tenure?
 
There is going to be a disruption in higher education. What I want to do is make this institution not only survive but thrive. Our centennial is in 2021. Decisions we make will determine Thomas More's future.

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