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.

Civic and Religious Leaders Fill Transition Team

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.

SPC’s College Experience Garners Statewide Recognition

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

Enrollment is up at SPC

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.

Increasing Minority Enrollment

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.

System-Wide: On Campus – St. Petersburg College

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

Florida community college system gets U.S. honors

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.