Joseph Joyner - Colonial High School Class of 1973

Dr. Joseph G. Joyner has lived a life committed to the educational advancement of students throughout the state of Florida and is the current president of Flagler College. Prior to this role, he served as the superintendent of schools for St. Johns County School District in St. Augustine, Fla.

Dr. Joyner graduated from Colonial High in 1973 and received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University. He continued his education at the University of Central Florida (UCF), receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in education, and was selected as UCF’s Outstanding Alumnus (2005) and Alumnus of the Decade (2008).

Dr. Joyner began his career in education in 1977 as a teacher and coach for Autauga County Schools in Alabama. Three years later, he accepted his first teaching position with Orange County Public Schools. At Apopka High, he served as teacher, coach and assistant principal before his appointment as principal from 1989-1993. Under his leadership as principal, the school received the National School of Excellence designation by the United States Department of Education. Over the next 10 years, Joyner provided leadership as a senior director, associate superintendent and the area superintendent of OCPS’ North Learning Community.

Throughout his entire career, Dr. Joyner has advocated for academic achievement and has maintained his focus on the individual needs of every student. He is an active member of his local community and has received several awards for his commitment and leadership. He is the 2009 recipient of the Salvation Army A. H. Gus Craig Award in recognition of his community service, and was selected as the Florida Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

He and his wife Susan have been married for 42 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren.