Southwest Florida Roundup
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.”
The information led to a master’s degree in counseling education — and numerous other degrees — and set her on a path that saw a steady rise through St. Petersburg College’s administrative ranks, culminating when she was named the school’s president in May.
Two weeks into the job, Williams, a 54-year-old St. Petersburg native, spoke with Florida Trend about some of her goals and challenges, including SPC’s $6.2-million budget deficit.
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