UMO Alumna JaNae Joyner Receives W. Burkette Raper Leadership Award

UMO Alumna JaNae Joyner Receives W. Burkette Raper Leadership Award

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna Dr. JaNae Joyner of Winston Salem was recently honored during the University’s Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. She received the W. Burkette Raper Leadership Award, given to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, personal initiative, integrity, dedication to duty, and respect for others.
Joyner is a Mount Olive native, and is an experienced higher education administrator. She currently serves as the Director of Healthcare Education and Innovation at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Striving to help others succeed, Joyner frequently returns to campus as a guest lecturer. She especially enjoys speaking to students in UMO’s Henderson Science Club, a club in which she served as president during her time of enrollment. Joyner has also been a guest speaker for the University’s Annual Lorelle F. Martin Science Lecture.
Joyner fondly remembers an active college career at Mount Olive, where she served as President of the Student Government Association and President of the North Carolina Academy of Science. She was also a college ambassador and received multiple honors during her time at the institution.
In her current position at Wake Forest School of Medicine (Winston Salem, NC), Joyner’s role encompasses directorship/leadership/business management over Academic Affairs for the MD program and Executive Director of the Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL). During her tenure in this position, the institution secured the first medical education related grants in the past 10-15 years in education totaling more than one million dollars.

In the last year, Joyner has helped establish a Health Professions Institute which includes medical education grand rounds, faculty development and faculty retreats for inter-professional groups across the institution.

In partnership with the Senior Associate Dean of Healthcare Education, Joyner is responsible for a team of individuals including 10 academic affairs staff, 16 CEAL staff, 5 full-time faculty, and over 100 supporting faculty. She also interfaces with leaders across the institution to obtain information technology, legal, and purchasing services. Joyner leads a 30+ member inter-professional steering committee that drives CEAL resource planning and vision.

Joyner has a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine (2007 – Wake Forest University), a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA; 2014 – Winston Salem State University), and an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Business Acumen (2017 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Olive College in 2002. Joyner has participated in graduate level coursework at the Johns Hopkins, was selected and participated in the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (2016) and was selected to attend the AAMC leadership and management course in March, 2018.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has education service centers in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and online. For more information, visit

University of Mount Olive President Dr. David Poole and award recipient JaNae Joyner.