Biography

Michael Armbrister serves as adjunct faculty for the Geography Department, Civic Innovation Program, Physician Assistant Program, and MCOL Program. Michael is the Executive Director of the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry College located in Marion, Virginia. His professional experience includes work with state and local governments, non-profits, and educational institutions. As a planner with the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, Michael helped to secure over $20 million in grant funding from state and federal programs and public and private foundations for community and economic development projects in a six-county, two-city region in Southwest Virginia.

Michael graduated from Emory & Henry College with bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. He earned a Master of Science degree in geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with concentrations in biogeography and Geographic Information Systems. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at East Tennessee State University. Mr. Armbrister has held the AICP certification from the American Planning Association, and an is an instructor for courses in community and organizational leadership, nonprofit management, and GIS. He serves on the planning committee for Remote Area Medical (RAM) Smyth County, the board of directors of Rx Partnership, the Workforce Committee for Blue Ridge Job Corps, and the Emory & Henry College Department of Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Committee.