Michael Armstrong has been named associate vice president for University Advancement at Missouri Western State University. Armstrong was previously major gift officer at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He began his duties at Missouri Western Jan. 7.

“I’m pleased we were able to find someone with Mike’s experience and skill set in fundraising for higher education,” said Jerry Pickman ’85, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the Missouri Western State University Foundation. “In addition to our ongoing efforts to raise private support, we are in the planning stages of a potential capital campaign, and Mike will play a key role.”

Armstrong was at UCM for nearly seven years. As a major gift officer, he secured private support from university alumni and constituents, initiating more than 30 new scholarship and endowed funds. He also developed a comprehensive prospect management program that resulted in a 52 percent increase in gifts of over $10,000 in its first year of implementation.

At Missouri Western, Armstrong will help lead the Division of University Advancement, which includes development, alumni relations, public relations and marketing, and campus printing and design services.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.