About the Director
Dr. Joyce was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1948. He attended Paxon High School in Jacksonville, obtained his BS and MS degrees at the University of Alabama where he was co-captain of the track team and was three-time letterman in track and cross country. He obtained his PhD from the University of Florida in 1982 in Forest Resources Management. His first professional experience began in 1972 with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. The highlight of his career with the Corps was leading a successful effort to better manage the invasive water hyacinth in waters of the State of Florida. Many of the programs that Dr. Joyce helped establish are still in effect today.
In 1983, Dr. Joyce joined the UF/IFAS faculty as the Director of the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. He has also served UF/IFAS as the Director of the Center for Natural Resources, as Interim Dean for Research, and the Interim Vice President. He served as the Senior Associate Vice President for over 20 years and currently serves as the Director of the IFAS Center for Leadership. He also had a 32-year career in the US Army Reserves where he has held numerous command and staff positions and is a graduate of the US Army War College. He retired as a Brigadier General in 2004. He is married to Pamela Joyce Tyler, has two sons, Dr. Joseph C. Joyce, Jr. (DDS) and Lt. Colonel Christopher Tyler Joyce (USAF) and five grandsons.