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Dr Tonjua Williams, President

Dr Tonjua Williams, President

Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., became St. Petersburg College's seventh president on July 3, 2017. A St. Petersburg native, Dr. Williams began her tenure with the college in 1986, rising through the ranks in a variety of academic and administrative roles.

Prior to becoming President, Dr. Williams was Senior Vice President for Student Services from 2013 to 2017. She has served in nearly every area of the college: Provost, Associate Provost, Director of Special Programs, Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Recruiter, Senior Accounting Clerk and Adjunct Faculty.

Dr. Williams earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Barry University, a master's degree in Counselor Education from University of South Florida, and bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Humanities from Clearwater Christian College.

In 2016, Dr. Williams was awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, making her part of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows. She is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership St. Pete, the Chancellor's Leadership Program and the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Florida.

Dr. Williams has served in a number of leadership capacities, including:

Achieving the Dream (ATD) Advisory Network Committee, 2016-present
State of Florida Performance Based Incentive Program Review Committee, 2016
State of Florida Student Activities Committee, member-at-large, 2013-2016
PACE School for Girls, board member, 2014-2016
American Association of Community College's President's Round Table, member, 2011-present
Council for Student Affairs, Florida College System, Region 4, 2012-present
Pinellas County Education Foundation, 2011-2012
City of St. Petersburg 2020 Plan Education Sub-committee Chair, 2015-present
St. Petersburg Free Clinic, executive board member, 2014-2015
Mayor's Transition Team, community member, 2013
Mt. Zion Human Services Board, board chair, 2012-present
National Council of Negro Women, Member, 2012-present
Lakewood Jr. Spartans Youth Association, Inc., president, 2009-2012
Boys & Girls Club of America, executive board member, 2011-2012
Her awards and recognitions include:

Tampa Bay Business Journal, Businesswoman of the Year in the Government/Nonprofit category, 2017
The Weekly Challenger, Inaugural Impact Award at their 50th Anniversary celebration, 2017
Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc., inaugural President's Award for Community Leadership, 2017
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Passing the Torch Leadership Award for Education, 2017
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (affiliate of the Department of Defense) Patriot Award, 2016
Academy Preparatory School, Five Fabulous Females, 2014
Chamber of Commerce, Iconic Woman of the Year Finalist for Large Businesses, 2013
Network of Executive Women, Exceptional Woman of the Year Finalist, 2013
Junior Achievement, Educator of the Year, 2011
Dr. Williams can be contacted at