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Incoming Flagler College President recognized for service to education at MLK Day Breakfast

Jan 16, 2017

Dr. Joseph Joyner, incoming president of Flagler College, was recognized for his service in education at the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 16.

Joyner, who was selected to be the college’s fourth president in November, is retiring this month as superintendent of the St. Johns County School District, which has been ranked the number one district in the state. Joyner will succeed Dr. William T. Abare Jr., who is retiring in June 2017.

The Dr. MLK Celebration Committee of St. Johns County recognized Joyner with an award at the event for his 14 years of service to the St. Augustine and St. Johns County community. 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.

“Dr. Martin Luther King emphasized the importance of character and Dr. Joyner embodies and models good character throughout the community and for students,” said Cynthia Williams, principal of St. Johns Technical High School and member of the organization. “Having good character is paramount to the success of the St. Johns County School District and Dr. Joyner has remained steadfast in incorporating character education both in and out of the classroom.”

The Celebration Committee recognized him for ensuring that the emphasis always remained on an individual student’s needs. He was responsible for implementing high school career academies throughout the district, in which more than 4,200 of the district’s students participate, and steadily increasing the graduation rate.

In addition, the organization recognized him for making closing the achievement gap for African-American students a priority. In 2011, there was a graduation gap of 29.5 percent between white and African-American students. Today it is just 8.2 percent.

The organization commemorates and promotes awareness of the many contributions made to society by King in his struggle for civil rights, and awards a deserving high school student a scholarship to continue his or her education at an institution of higher learning.

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