St. Petersburg College selects 1st African-American woman as new president

St. Petersburg College selects 1st African-American woman as new president.

  • The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College selected a new president Wednesday, May 31.
  • Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., is SPC’s seventh president.
  • Vice President of Student Services at St. Petersburg College since 2013.
  • Trustee Deveron Gibbons said Williams was an obvious choice for SPC’s next president.
  • Williams is a 30-year veteran of SPC. She previously served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Provost of the Tarpon Springs Campus.

The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College selected a new president Wednesday, May 31.

@BN9: St. Petersburg College selects 1st African-American woman as new president.

ST. PETERSBURG — 

The Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College selected a new president Wednesday, May 31.

Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., is SPC’s seventh president. She is also the college’s first woman and first African-American to serve as president.

Williams served as the Sr. Vice President of Student Services at St. Petersburg College since 2013.

Bill Law, who has served as SPC President since 2010, announced in Nov. 2016 that he would be retiring at the end of June 2017.

Trustee Deveron Gibbons said Williams was an obvious choice for SPC’s next president.

“I came with two names today, but I’m only submitting one: Dr. Tonjua Williams,” Gibbons said.

Trustees all agreed Williams was impressive during her interview.

“She didn’t have to sell me on SPC. I was more excited to be part of this institution after hearing her speak about it than I have been in maybe the past few years,” said Trustee Nathan Stonecipher. “She is passionate about St. Petersburg College. That bleeds out of her.”

Williams is a 30-year veteran of SPC. She previously served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Provost of the Tarpon Springs Campus.

Williams earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Barry University, a master’s degree in Counselor Education from University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Humanities from Clearwater Christian College.

St. Petersburg College selects 1st African-American woman as new president

You might also like More from author

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.