Humanitarian. Scholar. Father. Husband. Believer. Leader.
Pick any of the words above and they describe central Louisiana’s own, Dr. Haywood Joiner, Jr. The native of Boyce and a member of a high school graduating class of six, Joiner, who has long been a community leader, is now being recognized outside the local region for his life of service.
Recently, Joiner was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame located at the Angola Museum just outside the gates of Angola Prison. The Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame was established in 2004 by the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation Board of Directors to honor men and women of Louisiana who have served their community and their state in the honorable professions of law enforcement, the judiciary, education, criminal justice, government service, civil service, communication/media, victim services, volunteers, sponsors, and community activists.
Joiner says he was surprised by his nomination and eventual induction into the education category of the Hall, but also considers it a highlight and crowning achievement for a life dedicated to others.
“His induction is such an honor,” says Dr. Paul Coreil, Chancellor of LSU of Alexandria. “His is a lifetime of giving back to the community, his church, and his campus. He is untiring and professional, but it is his character and dedication along with his spirit of good for his fellow humans that set him apart from others.”
Joiner is a graduate of Grambling State University and a veteran of the United States Air Force as well as a long-time employee of St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Following more than 25 years of work in a hospital setting, Joiner served as Chair of the Department of Allied Health and Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Science program at Southern University, Shreveport before returning home to become Chair of the Department of Allied Health at LSUA.
Additionally, Joiner is a leader in the community having served on several boards including the Arna Bontemps African American Museum, Cenla Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club of Alexandria, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment Board, Rapides Regional Port Commission, Rapides Parish Housing Authority, Rapides Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, and many more.
Joiner says he believes we are all called to serve and that this award is the result of a life of service not only to the community but also to education throughout the state.
“I’m very thankful to the faculty and staff of the Department of Allied Health for 16 years ago giving me the opportunity to serve as department chair. They gave me the opportunity to work with local students to try and inspire them to achieve their dreams in life,” says Joiner. “I’m a firm believer in that whatever your mind can conceive, you can achieve if you believe and if you are willing to work to make it happen. That has worked out well in my life and I try to encourage others to do the same. If you are willing to put forth the effort, then whatever your dreams are, you can achieve those dreams.”
Joiner’s dreams and service have now made him a permanent member of the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.