Last Friday, April 6, the Palladium Theater hosted St. Petersburg College’s (SPC) presidential investiture ceremony of Dr. Tonjua Williams, who was unanimously selected on May 31, 2017.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) will work alongside top Tampa Bay manufacturers to launch an innovative workforce training program that is modeled after a premier automotive industry-education collaboration.
The investiture ceremony ushers in a new era at St. Petersburg College by officially welcoming Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., to the helm of the college. She is the college’s seventh president. She is the first woman and the first African American to be appointed.
St. Petersburg College (SPC) will host the Presidential Investiture of Dr. Tonjua Williams at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum in partnership with One City Chorus and Studio@620 will host a tribute commemorating the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination April 4, 1968.
St. Petersburg College President Tonjua Williams was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a news source about diversity and higher education.
SPC received more than $1.5 million for a new mechatronics training program, partnering with several regional businesses to meet demands for workers having automation and troubleshooting skills.
Dr. Tonjua Williams, who made history last year for being the first black person and the first woman president of St. Petersburg College was honored for overcoming obstacles, becoming a success in life and reaching back to help others follow in her footsteps.
Nearly 70 students applied by submitting essays focused on the financial hardships they face as well as their personal story. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship for each year they attend USF, for up to five years.
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) visited St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Center to announce a $1.5 million federal grant award for the Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program, helping increase diversity in STEM academic degree programs as well as the STEM workforce.
Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) visited St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Center to announce a $1.5 million federal grant award for the Tampa Bay Bridge to the Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program, helping increase diversity in STEM academic degree programs as well as the STEM workforce.
Tonjua Williams, the president at St. Petersburg College, in Florida, said her institution changed from a standard approach that treats all students the same to one that recognizes that students have different personal and academic situations.
St. Petersburg “did a marvelous job of getting their folks up to speed on the new level of conversations and the new level of preparedness that they wanted their academic advisors to have,” Waiwaiole said.
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.