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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.