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Joseph Joyner Inauguration Ceremony

Jul 9, 2018

Flagler College inaugurated its fourth president, Dr. Joseph G. Joyner, on Saturday, Feb. 24, in a formal ceremony that drew presidents from some of the state’s largest universities, local politicians and other dignitaries.

Flagler President Joseph Joyner inaugurated in February 2018Joyner officially began his presidency in July 2017, but an inauguration is a college’s formal ceremony that both installs and celebrates a new president.

Dignitaries who spoke at the inauguration included St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, and Dr. John C. Hitt, president of the University of Central Florida. Joyner holds degrees from both Florida State and Central Florida.

Student Colton Neubauer, a junior and president of the Student Government Association, said at the ceremony that Joyner has already shown a commitment to students in the short time he has served at Flagler. “The Joyners truly set the precedent that they are dedicated to the Flagler family,” he said.

Joyner said he was grateful for the opportunity he had been given and the kindness shown to him since he was selected as president and took office. “I have no intention of letting you down and I kept the stewardship of Flagler College my highest priority,” he said. “While I may be an unworthy servant, I possess a great deal of passion and determination. It is my firm intention to bring continued greatness to this wonderful college.”

The inauguration of Joyner capped a week of community-focused events centered on the theme of “Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy” and focused on the college’s core values of civility, integrity, collegiality, stewardship and community.

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