St. Thomas University announces new president to replace retiring Casale in August

David Armstrong
David Armstrong St. Thomas University

The Board of Trustees of St. Thomas University announced Thursday that it had appointed a replacement for outgoing President Monsignor Franklyn Casale, who is retiring after 24 years at the Catholic university in Miami Gardens.

David Armstrong, the longtime president of Thomas More College in Kentucky, will start at the university in August. His resignation from Thomas More was also announced Thursday.

Casale, the longest-serving president in St. Thomas history, announced his retirement last year at the age of 75. He has the longest tenure of any South Florida college or university president, according to St. Thomas.

In a prepared statement, Casale said he was "confident" Armstrong would succeed in his new position.

“I cannot think of anyone more qualified, experienced and committed than David A. Armstrong,” said John Dooner, the chairman of STU’s Board of Trustees, in a statement. “He will take Msgr. Casale’s legacy to the next level.”

Armstrong, one of four finalists who visited St. Thomas in April, said he was excited to take over at a university he predicted would become the leading Catholic university in the Southeast.

"I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this university to the next level of success and excellence," he said in a prepared statement.

Thomas More College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Armstrong has served as the school's president since 2013 after a decade in leadership roles at Notre Dame College in Euclid, Ohio.

Armstrong holds a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science and accounting from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.