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Since its beginnings in 1913, Jane Armstrong was the fifth president of Fullerton College, and its first female president, although she only served one year.

During a time of continuing state budget cuts, Armstrong defended instructional programs and pushed funding for core classes and the arts.

Armstrong attended Fullerton Union High School and went on to graduate from The University of Redlands. After teaching at La Habra High School, she joined Fullerton College as an English teacher in 1962, and by 1978 rose to Dean of Instruction. She became part of the Fullerton College family, not just behind a desk or in front of the classroom, but as a part of students’ lives. Armstrong attended more student events in theater, art, music, speech, athletic, and science in support of Fullerton College students than any other staff person. She cared about the overall growth of the students, not just the instructional components of their education.

A scholarship in honor of Jane Armstrong helps single mothers in financial need who are continuing their education at Fullerton College or transferring to a four-year university.

(My mother) told me to remember that the real meaning of “administrator” meant “to minister,”
and that’s what I’ve tried to do.

Dates at Fullerton:





  • 1994-’95, President (interim)
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Associate Dean of Instruction
  1. Weekly Hornet 5-30-95, http://fclonlinearchives.fullcoll.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/FCHornet/id/12320/rec/5
  2. Los Angeles Times June 21 1994, Two Interim College Presidents Selected, http://articles.latimes.com/1994-06-21/local/me-6730_1_fullerton-college
  3. Los Angeles Times August 23, 1994 Two Caught in the Class Crunch, http://articles.latimes.com/1994-08-23/local/me-30172_1_english-classes-math-classes-cypress-college