Paul Jeremiah Joseph is a native of Miami and is the sixth child of the late Albert and Nellie Joseph. After graduating from George Washington High School, he enrolled in Clark College in 1949, but subsequently transferred to Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College in 1952, graduating with his bachelor’s of arts degree in elementary education in 1954. Joseph later earned his master’s degree in education from Barry University in 1965. He is also a U.S. Army veteran, having served his country during the Korean War.
Joseph began working as an educator in the Dade County Public School system in 1956. He enjoyed a very successful career with the school system and held numerous classroom, administrative, and leadership positions over 34 years. Joseph retired in 1990 as the assistant principal at Southridge Vocational High School.
His love for his alma mater, Florida Memorial, has been manifested in his support as an alumni for the past 60 years. He and his wife, Florence, with an endowment of $10,000 established the Paul and Florence Joseph Scholarship Fund. They also provided an additional $10,000 to establish the Paul and Florence Joseph Emergency Student Loan Fund to assist students who needed short-term financial assistance.
In addition to his work on behalf of Florida Memorial University, Joseph is a very active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for the past 60 years, holding the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Dean of Pledgees of the Iota Pi Lambda chapter.
He is married to the former Florence Glenn, also an alumni of Florida Memorial University, and is the father of three children, Jeffrey, Cheryl, and Maurice, and is the proud grandfather of four.