Jeffrey D. Armstrong
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Jeffrey D. Armstrong started his tenure as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s ninth president in 2011. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of animal science at Michigan State University, beginning in 2001. During Armstrong’s tenure at Michigan State, more than $200 million was raised, including $60 million in endowments.

Armstrong’s research in agriculture has garnered more than $9 million in grants and cooperative agreements. He has written or contributed to more than 45 scientific journal articles, with his most recent work relating to social responsibility in the food chain.

Armstrong also serves as chair of the United Egg Producers Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and advises McDonald’s Corporation in animal welfare, as well as broader issues related to corporate social responsibility. He served as chair of the Board of Agriculture Assembly Farm Bill Committee and co-chair of CREATE-21, and contributed to significant changes in the most recent Congressional Farm Bill. Armstrong also served on the USDA Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Committee and recently served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Seventh District Advisory Council.

Academic Experience

President, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2011 to date.

Dean and Professor, Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2001-10.

Head and Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 1997–2001.

Director of Academic Programs and Director of the Agricultural College, North Carolina State University, 1996-97.

Professor, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University, 1996-97.

Interim Assistant Director for Research and Academic Programs and Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, 1995-96.

Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, 1992-94.

Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, 1986-92.


Ph.D., Physiology Interdisciplinary, North Carolina State University
M.S., Physiology Biochemistry, North Carolina State University
B.S., Animal Science Biology, Murray State University