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Volume 77, Issue 7 Web Edition SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
Oct. 14, 2011
Clarion staff meets Dr. David Joyce
By Park Baker
Editor in Chief
Incoming President Dr. David Joyce found
time in his busy schedule on Wednesday to
sit down with the Clarion senior staff. We got
to know the man whose friends affectionately
call “Dr J,” and he shared his vision for
Brevard College with us.
Highlights from the interview are below.
Video of the entire interview is available
online at www.vimeo.com/bcclarion.
Clarion: What brought you to Brevard
College? I understand you’re an avid cyclist.
Did that have any bearing on your decision?
Dr. J: A thousand miles of single-track in
my backyard? Not a bit of a decision, really.
The short version of the story is I’m from
North Carolina, this is home, where my
family lives. My wife and I were already
considering where we wanted to live in
retirement, and we vacation here often. So
when the presidential search committee first
contacted me, the representative said to me
“David, are you and Lynne ready to come
home?” I said... “Oh you’re good.”
I’m a Methodist minister, Brevard is a
Methodist school—this is home for me. I’ve
been president of two other colleges that
have had similar challenges to Brevard’s , so
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I guess this what I am supposed
to do. I’m looking forward to
doing it. Plus a thousand miles
C: Do you like mountain biking
or road biking more?
Dr. J: What was the second
one? (laughter) Yeah...my wife
and I have road bikes, but they
don’t get used very much. They
have these things on the road
called cars... .they make me very
nervous. Lynne (my wife) and I
did a thousand mile road ride for
breast cancer a fewyears ago, but
we’re avid mountain bikers.
C: Do you have a favorite trail
Dr. J: Yes, I love the slick rock
(Big Rock) trail in DuPont State
Forest. Like everybody in this part of the
world our dog is named after some trails,
Tsali, we rescued her on the way to those
C: I was reading your profile and I
understand you are trained as a psychologist,
is there any specific area of psychology that
Dr. J: Organizational psychology and
human resource development. All those are
fancy ways of saying leadership.
C: Have you noticed anything that is lacking
(academically) from Brevard College?
Dr. J: We always tend to focus on what is
lacking, rather than what we have. Looking
at the curriculum for a school this size, it
seems pretty broad based. I would like to
have time to meet with faculty and see what
they think. I think what is exciting about
Brevard’s curriculum is the development of
this experiential education program (WLEE),
I think that’s very avant garde and a case for
C: Is there anything else you would like to
see here? Athletically, academically?
Dr. J: Truthfully, it’s too early for me to
make those distinctions. I would like to see
the college take advantage of its location, and
I think the board is on the same page here.
It’s one of the things that make it attractive
to me as well. Taking advantage of the
college’s reputation also, when I tell people
The Clarion met this week with Dr. David Joyce, who will take
over as president of Brevard College in January.
in Wisconsin I am going to Brevard College I
get compliments on the music program here.
Investing in fine arts seems worthwhile.
C: Do you have any plans for improvement
on campus and in the larger community?
Dr. J: We need to grow. The colleges’
footprint is too large for the number of
students we have. Improvement comes with
growth. We have to figure out what it takes
to do this, by enhancement of opportunities
and improving relationships with the larger
community. We don’t want to be a boutique
institution, we need to attract and retain more
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