After the announcement of Dr. William Abare’s retirement last April, the Flagler College Board of Trustees began a search for the institution’s next leader. During the process, more than 171 applications for the position were received and 9 applicants were interviewed in person. In November, the list was narrowed down to two.
Now Dr. Joseph G. Joyner has been named Flagler College’s next president. “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. 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 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 upon Dr. Abare’s retirement following the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. In his capacity with the School District, he oversees a budget of $633 million and has had oversight of 21 major facilities construction and renovation projects exceeding $387 million in cost. 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.
“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.”
The new president will succeed Dr. Abare, who is retiring in June 2017 after 15 years of service 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.”
For more information on the presidential appointment, visit www.flagler.edu/presidentialselection.