Tonjua Williams

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Tonjua Williams
President of
St. Petersburg College
Assumed office
July 1, 2017
Preceded by William D. Law
Personal details
Alma mater Clearwater Christian College
University of South Florida
Barry University

Tonjua Harris Williams is an American academic and the current President of St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. SPC is a community college with 63,000 students across 11 campuses and centers throughout Pinellas County.

St. Petersburg College (SPC) is a public college in Pinellas County, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System and one of the institutions in the system designated a "state college," as it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor's degrees than traditional two-year community colleges focused on associate degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and enrolls about 65,000 students annually.

St. Petersburg, Florida City in Florida, United States

St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2018 census estimate, the population was 265,098, making it the fifth-most populous city in Florida and the largest in the state that is not a county seat.



A St. Petersburg, Florida native, Williams began her career at the St. Petersburg College in 1986 after earning her bachelor's degree in Humanities from Clearwater Christian College. As she rose through the ranks at SPC, working in nearly every area of the college, she was also furthering her own education, earning another bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Clearwater Christian, then a master's degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Barry University.

Clearwater Christian College defunct American Christian college in Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Christian College (CCC) was a non-denominational Christian college in Clearwater, Florida on Tampa Bay from 1966 until 2015.

University of South Florida public university in Tampa, Florida, United States

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public research university in Tampa, Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1956, USF is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida, with an enrollment of 50,755 as of the 2018–2019 academic year. The USF system has three institutions: USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution is separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is home to 14 colleges, offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral-level degree programs.

Barry University university

Barry University is a private Catholic university in Miami Shores, Florida. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters., it is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast and is within the territory of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Prior to being selected to be the seventh president of the college, Dr. Williams worked as a Coordinator for Student Support Services, Sr. Vice President for Student Services, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost at the College's Tarpon Springs campus. During that time, she initiated and oversaw several successful programs, including The College Experience student success initiative, which expanded partnerships between faculty and advisors, created an early alert system for struggling students and increased student visits to campus Learning Support Centers.

Williams is committed to further elevating St. Petersburg College, and wants SPC to be recognized as “the plan – not the fallback” in educational choices for Pinellas County high school graduates. Since becoming President, Williams has also worked with the College's Board of Trustees to develop SPC's three foundational commitments: Academic Excellence, Economic Mobility and Community Engagement.

Professional organizations

President Williams is an Aspen Presidential Fellow, a coach for the American Association of Community College's (AACC) Guided Pathways initiative, a faculty resident for the Community College Center for Student Engagement (CCCSE) institutes and is affiliated with several state and national organizations, often in leadership roles.

Her present affiliations include:

Awards and recognitions

President Williams is esteemed in her work on national, state and local levels, and has won many awards, including:

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