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Doctoral Student Kobie Joyner Receives 2023 Thomas R. and Dorothy E. Koballa Fellowship

Kobie Joyner

Kobie Joyner, a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s community college leadership program, has been awarded the 2023 Thomas R. and Dorothy E. Koballa Fellowship.

The fellowship supports doctoral students in the NC State College of Education who are working at a community college or who are seeking a community college career. 

Joyner currently serves as the department head of Network and Computer Technology at Wake Technical Community College. In his role, he coordinates all instructional and academic activities in the college’s IT division and supervises a managerial team consisting of associate department heads and program directors.

He chose to earn his doctoral degree in the NC State College of Education with the goal of advancing his career and one day working in a director or vice president role.

“The most valuable part of the doctoral program is learning the skills and best practices necessary to be an effective leader at a community college,” Joyner said. “We are working

on actionable items that can improve the institutions where we currently work.”

During his time in the College of Education, Joyner said he has appreciated opportunities to learn from leaders in the field and better understand the impact community colleges can make on the lives of students. 

“I’ve learned the importance of community college and how it fuels economic equity,” Joyner said. “I’ve learned about creative ways community colleges try to assist students living in poverty with access to education.”