ARMSTRONG GETS VP PROMOTION AT HCC
|HCC's Deborah Armstrong was recently
promoted to Vice President of Administrative Services. College
President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. was on hand to
After serving as the interim vice president for
almost one year, Deborah Armstrong was recently promoted to Vice
President of Administrative Services at Halifax Community College
(HCC). Armstrong has worked for seven years at the college,
previously serving as Accounting Services Coordinator and Business
As vice president, she oversees a staff of 41 in the Business
Office, Cash Office, Payroll/Personnel, Bookstore, Information
Services, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Security, Reception Desk, and
Mail Room. She develops and assures the efficient operation of the
financial record-keeping system and works with the president to
develop revenue forecasts. She also coordinates the development of
institutional budgets including a system of budget reporting and
Armstrong has been interested in business and finance since high
school. After graduation, she enrolled in Hardbarger Business
College. At the time, only men enrolled in the accounting program.
Armstrong decided to enroll in merchandising classes with the hope
of becoming a women's ready-to-wear buyer. She landed a job in the
sales department of a North Carolina manufacturer of infant
Later, doors started to open for women in the accounting field,
and Armstrong was eager to move beyond basic bookkeeping to areas of
budget forecasting, account analysis and financial reporting. In
1983, she was ready to return to college for an accounting degree.
She quit a full-time job to enter Nash Community College as a
full-time student. By the end of the first semester, she was offered
a part-time job keeping the books for a program at the college, and
by the end of the first year, she was offered a full-time position.
For the next 15 years, Armstrong worked at Nash and continued her
studies at night. She earned the Associate of Applied Science Degree
in Accounting with honors, a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Accounting, cum laude, from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a
Master of Business Administration Degree from Campbell University.
She has also completed the North Carolina Community College
Leadership Program and the Senior Administrators Leadership
Institute at the UNC School for Leadership Development at Chapel
Armstrong served on the Strategic Planning Committee while at
Nash and served on the Leadership Development Team and the
President's Leadership Team at HCC. She has also served on the SACS
Review Committee at Nash and on both the Professional Advisory
Committee and the Diversity Committee at HCC. In 1995, she served on
the Association of Community College Business Officials Executive
Committee. She currently serves on the Budget Committee and the
Financial Audit Committee.
"The community college at both the state level and the local
level encouraged and supported me all through the growth of my
career in accounting," said Armstrong. "In Spring 1999, I came full
circle when, as an adjunct instructor at NCC, I taught the same
‘Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities' class that I
had taken as a student."
"I am a product of the North Carolina Community College System.
My recent appointment as Vice President of Administrative Services
comes as a result of the solid educational foundation I received at
Nash Community College and the encouragement of faculty and staff to
continue my education," said Armstrong. A member of Phi Beta Lambda,
a student business organization, and Gamma Beta Phi, an honor
society, Armstrong was also named to Who's Who Among American
College Students while at Nash.
She continued, "Today, I am dedicated to seeing that Halifax
Community College is here for anyone who seeks a college degree and
the doors it can open. A community college made possible my career.
I now want to give something back by making certain others have the
same opportunity for success."
Armstrong, a native of Enfield, is the daughter of Nellie H.
Armstrong and the late W. Frank Armstrong. Her brother Steve and his
wife, Sue, reside in North Carolina; brother, Tim resides in
Florida. She is a member of Enfield Baptist Church and the North
Carolina Wesleyan College Alumni Association.