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President Joseph G. Joyner announces plans to retire

Nov 3, 2020

President Joseph G. Joyner has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I want to thank President Joyner for his exceptional service to the College over the last three and a half years,” said Rick Groux, chair of the Flagler College Board of Trustees. “As the leader of our beloved institution, we’ve witnessed significant forward movement since 2017.”

Under President Joyner’s leadership, the Flagler College Strategic Plan - Preparing for a Life Well-lived was approved by the Board in 2019. This plan includes a revised mission and core values, the establishment of the Center for Advising and Core Experience, the Flagler Sophomore High Impact Practice, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

He came to the College with a call for everyone across campus to identify what greatness looks like. In doing so, divisions and offices across the campus took up this challenge and witnessed remarkable accomplishments such as -

  • Most successful fundraising year in a decade
  • Overall retention increased from 69% to 74%
  • New academic majors in math, anthropology, International business, computer information systems and social entrepreneurship and minors in sustainable studies, strategic communication and African American studies.
  • Reaccreditation in 2019 with no recommendations for improvement by the Commission on the Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Won first-ever Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup in 2018-19
  • Named Peach Belt Conference Institution of the Year in 2017-18 and 2018-19
  • Completed a salary study to inform equity adjustments

In addition to these accomplishments, President Joyner guided the institution through two hurricanes in 2018 and 2019 and the global pandemic, COVID-19, in 2020.

“I’ve had time this year to reflect on my tenure as president. I am both proud and gratified by what we as a community have accomplished,” said President Joyner. “I know there is more work to do and I remain committed to finishing out this academic year strong.”

Prior to joining the College, Dr. Joyner served as Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District from 2003 – 2017. In his capacity with the School District, he oversaw a budget of $633 million and had oversight of 21 major facilities construction and renovation projects exceeding $387 million in cost. Under Dr. Joyner's leadership, the District was recognized as the highest achieving of Florida's 67 school districts for eight years and was continually ranked among the top districts in the state in the percentage of money spent on the classroom and for financial transparency.

The College will conduct a national search to select the fifth president of the College. A Presidential Search Committee will be formed and announced later this Fall along with a timeline for the process.

A recording of the Flagler College Town Hall announcing President Joyner’s intention to retire can be found at

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