President Joseph G. Joyner has announced 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, having the 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; re-accreditation in 2019 with no recommendations for improvement by the Commission on 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; and completed a salary study to inform equity adjustments.
n addition, Flagler College’s Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of John Delaney to serve as Interim President of Flagler College beginning in July 2021. “I’m confident that Mr. Delaney’s background and career experiences will allow him to continue the forward momentum of the College,” said Groux. The appointment of Delaney will allow the Board’s Presidential Search Committee the time needed to plan and conduct a national search to find the fifth President of Flagler College without the COVID-induced travel restrictions and gathering limitations now being experienced.