June 2017
Dr. Tonjua Williams Prepares for New Role as President
Dr. Tonjua Williams is eagerly preparing for her new role as President of St. Petersburg College. A 30-year veteran of SPC, Dr. Williams says she is enthusiastic about the future. "I'm very excited. I'm very proud," said Williams. "I've had a lot of opportunities to grow here, and now I have a chance to help others grow and achieve their goals and dreams."

As the first in her family to attend college and earn a degree, Dr. Williams says she strongly supports any initiative designed to help others overcome obstacles and understand their ability to succeed.

Chosen by the College Board of Trustees after a rigorous review of 51 applicants from across the country, Dr. Williams impressed the search committee with her deep local ties, data-driven plans and exuberant love of SPC. Outgoing President Dr. William Law is one of her strongest supporters and says she is more than prepared to fill his shoes. "She's a really big-time player," Dr. Law said. "I don't know who would be more capable."

Students are at the center of Dr. Williams' plans. She wants SPC to become a "student-ready college," able to serve those with all kinds of capabilities, rather than waiting for "college-ready students." Dr. Williams believes that SPC should be considered a first choice for high quality education, that SPC should be "the plan, not the fallback."

Dr. Williams said her first order of business will be to assemble a transition team representative of all roles at SPC to prioritize top issues and move forward together.
SPC Presents: Fiddler on the Roof
Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1 at 7:00pm
SPC Arts Auditorium
Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater

Directed by Scott Cooper

SPC Theater Instructor Scott Cooper was awarded a 2016-17 Innovation Grant to develop a high quality summer theater experience for Pinellas County high school students. Students involved in the production of Fiddler on the Roof explore the full scope of theater production including acting repertoire and technical training while earning college credit.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Free admission for SPC students, faculty and staff.
Copperhead Charities and Valspar Score a Hole in One for SPC Students!
St. Petersburg College Foundation was presented with a check a t the 2017 Valspar Championship Charity Breakfast on May 31st. The $32,100 donation will support scholarships for SPC students at the Tarpon Springs campus.

Copperhead Charities organizes the annual  Valspar Championship which raised over $2.4 million for charity this year.  

Pictured: Tarpon Springs Provost Dr. Marvin Bright and SPC Foundation Development Officer Jody Craig accept a check at the Valspar Championship Charity Breakfast
New WOW Center Named in Honor of Maria Edmonds
On June 6, more than 50 dignitaries, faculty, staff, students, family and friends filled the new Women on the Way Center at SPC's Tarpon Springs Campus, where they shared warm hugs and fond memories of Maria Edmonds, former Associate Provost of the Tarpon Springs Campus, who passed away in January. Edmonds was one of the driving forces behind the WOW program at SPC.

Pictured: Maria Edmonds' family along with WOW program administrators and Dr. Law