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|North Carolina Utilities Commissioner|
|January 1, 2001 - 2011|
|High school||West Ansonville High School|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina A&T State University|
|J.D.||University of North Carolina School of Law|
|Place of birth||Wadesboro, North Carolina|
Joyner was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina. She attended public schools and graduated from West Ansonville High School. After high school, she earned a BA in English education from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, and went on to teach high school English in the Greensboro and Durham county public schools. In 1978, she left teaching to pursue a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
For Joyner, law school lead her to a career in public service. She served as an assistant appellate defender for two years, and became a staff attorney for the public staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission in 1983. She later worked as a special deputy attorney general and as the head of the insurance section of the state attorney general's office.
- West Ansonville High School
- BA, English education, North Carolina A&T State University
- JD, University of North Carolina School of Law
Joyner is a member of Watts Chapel Baptist Church. She and her husband, Charles, have two children and three grandchildren.