Dee Joyner is a 1971 and 1973 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences. She chose SIUE because the University was in her hometown and she had to juggle family obligations along with her course work. "I’ve often said if it wasn’t for SIUE, I wonder if I would have gotten a college education." During her time at the University, she was involved with the College Democrats organization.
After graduation, Dee worked for East West Gateway, the regional planning agency, and then became executive director of the CORO Foundation training leaders for involvement in the community. She served as planning director and economic development director for St. Louis County Government and as chief of staff to the county executive. After the county executive lost his re-election bid, she decided to try a career in the private sector and has been with Commerce Bank for the past twenty years. She is currently responsible for organizational development and community relations. Dee has had the privilege of serving on a number of community boards. She currently chairs Forest Park Forever and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. She is also on the board of Delta Dental of Missouri, and volunteer for several other organizations as well.
Dee was interested in serving on the SIUE Alumni Homecoming committee because SIUE was a very important part of her life as a young adult. "The experiences, opportunities and education I received while at SIUE were extremely formative for me. I saw this as an opportunity to give back—and it also sounded like a lot of fun." Her favorite SIUE memory is she worked as a student worker for the Labor Institute. "I was able to attend a seminar the Institute sponsored and one of the speakers was a woman from Washington DC who was a lobbyist for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers union. She so impressed me. She was articulate, informed, and clearly had a very responsible job in our nation’s capital. Growing up in Edwardsville at a time when there were not many women role models in non-traditional (to me) careers, it was a real eye-opener to learn that there were many possibilities if I prepared myself and was willing to reach for them."