Lloyd  Armstrong

Lloyd Armstrong

University Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Contact info

lloydarm@usc.eduPhone: 213 740 7218

Fax: 213 740 3889WPH 701E


Higher Education


Expert in higher education strategy and policy and the federal financing of science.

Lloyd Armstrong


Dr. Lloyd Armstrong is the recipient of USC’s highest honor, the Presidential Medallion. USC’s provost emeritus, he served as the university’s chief academic officer from 1993 to 2005. During that time, he was the driving force behind USC’s dramatic rise in various national rankings over the past decade. His accomplishments include the overhaul of the core undergraduate curriculum and the university’s student-recruitment program, as well as the creation and implementation of the 1994 Strategic Plan and its 1998 update – all of which have transformed USC into one of the most selective universities in the country.

A physicist who earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley before becoming dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Armstrong has joined the Rossier School’s Pullias Center for Higher Education as an affiliated professor focusing on issues of university leadership, knowledge production and change.

Armstrong began his academic career as a research associate at Johns Hopkins University in 1968, became an assistant professor of physics there in 1969, associate professor in 1973 and professor in 1977. He was appointed chair of the department of physics and astronomy in 1985 and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He served in that capacity until joining the USC administration in 1993. He is the author or co-author of six books and has written 68 journal articles. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962 and his Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1966.


Professional Experience:

  • Fellow, American Physical Society

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient of  the USC Presidential Medallion
  • Honorary Degree: Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Doctor of Humane Letters

Selected Publications

  • Competing in the global higher education marketplace: Outsourcing, twinning, and franchising, in Strategic Financial Challenges for Higher Education: How to Achieve Quality, Accountability, and Innovation: New Directions for Higher Education, No. 140, eds. Lapovsky, Lucie, and Klinger, Donna (Jossey - Bass, 2008)

  • Globalization and Higher Education. The Navigator, 6 (1) Fall 2006. USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis

  • Higher Education and the Global Marketplace: Entrepreneurial Activity in a Dynamic Environment, with Douglas Becker . 2004 Pullias Lecture, USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis

  • A New Game in Town: Competitive Higher Education, in Digital Academe: The New Media and Institutions of Higher Education and Learning, eds. Dutton, William H. and Loader, Brian D. Chapter 6. (Routledge, 2002); also in Information, Communication & Society, 4, 479 ( 2001)

  • Distance Learning: An Academic Leader’s Perspective on a Disruptive Product, Change, November/December, 32,20 (2000).

  • Distance Learning: Challenges and Questions

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