A new era for SPC

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.

Dr. Tonjua Williams Appointed to the Florida Chamber Foundation Board Of Trustees

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.

Lifer: St. Petersburg College taps Tonjua Williams as president

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.”

SPC’s Midtown Campus

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!

CCSSE High-Impact Practices Institute; Capital Academies

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.