Presidential Selection At Flagler College
Dr. Joseph G. Joyner Named Next President of Flagler College by the Board of Trustees
Dr. Joseph G. Joyner, Superintendent of Schools for St. Johns County District in St. Augustine, Fla., was named President of Flagler College on Nov. 29, 2016, and will begin serving as president upon Dr. William T. Abare Jr.’s retirement following the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.
“On behalf of the Flagler College Board of Trustees, I am very pleased Dr. Joyner has agreed to serve as the next president of Flagler College,” said Frank Upchurch, Chairman of the Board. “He will be a worthy successor to Dr. Abare and Dr. Proctor. He shares their commitment to the college’s core values of teaching, learning, student success and civility. Under Dr. Joyner’s leadership, I have every confidence that the college will continue the pursuit of excellence of his two esteemed predecessors. I ask the Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty, staff, students and alumni to join me in extending a warm welcome to Joseph Joyner.”
Dr. Joyner was selected to become the next president of Flagler College after a national search that began in April 2016 when current president Dr. William T. Abare Jr. announced his plans for retirement. More than 171 applications were received during the process, and a Search Committee established by the college’s Board of Trustees narrowed the impressive list down to two finalists in November.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve as president of Flagler College,” said Dr. Joyner. “I will do my utmost to build on the great legacy of excellence that the two former presidents built with so much commitment and determination.”
Dr. Joyner is retiring as Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District, a position he has served in since 2003. Under Dr. Joyner’s leadership, the District has been recognized as the highest achieving of Florida’s 67 school districts for the past eight years and has continually ranked among the top districts in the state in the percentage of money spent on the classroom and for financial transparency.
The new president will succeed Dr. Abare, who is retiring in June 2017 after 15 years of service as Flagler College president and a 45-year career at Flagler College.
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