Joseph Joyner next president of Flagler College

Dr. Joe Joyner speaks in an open forum on Nov. 17.

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St. Augustine, Fla. — 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, by the College’s Board of Trustees.

“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. William T. Abare, Jr. and Dr. William L. Proctor.”

More than 171 applications were received during the process, and the Search Committee narrowed the list down to two finalists in November. Upchurch said that Joyner was the top choice from an impressive field of candidates.

“We think Dr. Joyner is the best choice to lead the college into a new era,” said Upchurch.

The new president will succeed Abare, who is retiring in June 2017 after 15 years serving as Flagler College president. Abare’s career at Flagler has spanned 45 years in which he served as Dean of Admissions, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Executive Vice President, and Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

“It has been my honor to serve the college for the past 45 years,” Abare said. “I know it will be in great hands with Joe Joyner taking the helm. I will do everything possible to make sure the transition is smooth and that the future continues to be bright for Flagler College under the new leadership.”

Dr. Joyner is retiring as Superintendent of the St. Johns County School District, a position he has served in since 2003. He will start as president of Flagler at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

“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.”

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