The theme of 2018’s Legacy Week is “Beautiful and Strong” and this year’s Legacy Award recipients embody both qualities in spades.
As we celebrate African-American Heritage, we profile a local woman living a dream, a real trailblazer who is “What’s Right With Tampa Bay.
For St. Petersburg College President Dr. Tonjua Williams, reuniting with former students like Deniann Grant allows her to pay forward success.
Florida Chamber Foundation Trustees are visionary leaders who serve as advisors and consultants to the Foundation. They provide input into the strategic direction of the Foundation and their leadership helps guide Florida to a future of prosperity and high-paying jobs, vibrant communities, and global competitiveness through ongoing development of the Six Pillars 20-year Strategic Plan.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has named Dr. Tonjua Williams, president of St. Petersburg College in Florida, to its Presidential Advisory Board.
For the inaugural President’s Award for Community Leadership, the POC board or directors recognized an individual who demonstrated outstanding leadership in the community, someone who has made a significant impact and whose accomplishments exemplifies the values and principals in caring out the vision and mission of the organization.
With the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, St. Petersburg College will be offering in-state tuition rates to displaced students from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Houston area. Additionally, the college’s $40 application fee will be waived for these students.
St. Petersburg College’s new president started out as a clerk at the college. When Tonjua Williams got a job as an accounting clerk 30 years ago at what was then called St. Petersburg Junior College, she didn’t plan on spending the rest of her career processing financial aid checks. A mentor suggested she fill out a career survey to determine what sort of role would fit her best. The results indicated that Williams would be happiest working with people, helping them “do better.”
A President’s Perspective: President Tonjua Williams, St. Petersburg College
“Barry University alumna Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., was recently selected to be the next president of St. Petersburg College. The college’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Williams’ appointment during a special meeting on May 31.”
During a special meeting on May 31, the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College (SPC) selected Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., as the college’s next President. The board voted unanimously on the selection.
ST. PETERSBURG — A 30-year employee of St. Petersburg College rode an overwhelming tide of public support on Wednesday to be named the school’s first female and first black president. A crowd that included faculty and staff broke into applause as the college’s five-member board of trustees unanimously chose Tonjua Williams, 53, as their new leader.
“St. Petersburg College promoted one of its own to the school’s top post, named Senior Vice President of Student Services Dr. Tonjua Williams its new president during a board of trustees meeting on Wednesday.”
“It’s an awesome feeling. I’m very excited. I’m very proud,”” said Williams. “”I’ve had a lot of opportunities to grow here, and so now I have a chance to help others grow and achieve their goals and dreams.”
I am certain that Dr. Bill Law, Deveron Gibbons, Kevin Gordon, Tonjua Williams, Lema Construction and a host of others have breathed a sigh of relief after the successful ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. SPC Midtown campus. However, while the emotional, physical and financial realities of getting the building built is behind them, the reality for the community is that the real work has just begun!
An ACC team recently attended the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) 2015 High-Impact Practices Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Participating with me were President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Virginia Fraire, vice president for student services; Soon Merz, vice president of effectiveness and accountability; Stephanie Hawley, associate vice president of college access programs; Missi Patterson, assistant dean of faculty development; and Mary Gilmer, supervisor of supplemental instruction.
The building at 1201 22nd St. S was more than a gym. Children gathered after school to work on donated computers. They met with tutors and the staff served them free lunches. Boys rolled around on donated wrestling mats from Gibbs High School. Exercise equipment — gifts from nearby colleges — filled much of the space. The doors, it seemed, were always open.
St. Petersburg Mayor-Elect Rick Kriseman announced his full (and very large) transition team for his move to City Hall in January. Transition Co-Chairs Andrew Hayes and Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich presented the list of 44 individuals on Monday, which is a coalition of municipal, political, artistic and religious leaders, all with strong ties to various city neighborhoods.
Two years ago, St. Petersburg College launched an innovative and ambitious initiative with one clear goal: to give students the support they need to earn the degree or certificate that would positively impact their lives. That initiative, called The College Experience, has recently been named a winner of the 2014 Chancellor’s Best Practice Award
St. Petersburg College reports that enrollment is up 2.2 percent over last year at this time. The school says 32,350 students were signed up for classes when the fall term started last week. Enrollment among first-time college students was up 8.8 percent overall and up nearly 20 percent among black and Hispanic students that category.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) wants everyone to know that it is no longer merely a college within a community—it is a part of the community. Dr. Tonjua Williams, senior vice president, Office of Student Services, said that she is proud of the work that SPC is doing as a college as it strives to serve and get involved in each individual community.
St. Petersburg College’s Dr. Tonjua Williams, senior vice president of Student Services, was honored by Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg on Tuesday as one of 2014′s Five Fabulous Females. The award honors successful women who make extraordinary contributions to the Tampa Bay community.
Today, Transition Co-Chairs Andrew M. Hayes, AIA, and Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich announced members of the full transition team [see attachment]. Also announced is the first meeting of the full team.
Days into her new role as the provost for St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs campus, Tonjua Williams is exuberant yet pensive. Williams, 43, is fielding calls, arranging lunches with local officials – and coming to terms with the historic significance of her new position. She’s not only the first African-American in the provost’s job, but also the first woman
When Trinh Mai Pham, 32, came to the United States from Vietnam in 2004, she didn’t speak a word of English. Pham, who now lives in Clearwater, started taking English classes in 2006 at St. Petersburg College, which was affordable and close to her home. In May, she graduated with her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and a command of the language.
St. Petersburg College ranked 10th among four-year colleges nationwide. The school awarded 4,019 associate degrees in 2011-12, up from 3,518 the previous year, or 13th with all colleges combined. Tonjua Williams, senior vice president of student services at St. Petersburg College, cited culture change at her school as well.
This spring at St. Petersburg College, something surprising happened. Nearly 60 percent of black male students attending college for the first time successfully completed their courses — up from 42 percent the previous year.
Dr. Tonjua Williams recognized as Business Woman of the Year in the Business over 50 Employees category.
Dr. Tonjua Williams was a candidate for the EWOTY (Exceptional Woman of the Year) Award by the Network of Executive Women.