The board of trustees
of St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida, has chosen
Tonjua Williams as the institution’s seventh president. When
she takes office, she will be the first woman and the first
African American to lead the college.

St. Petersburg College enrolls nearly 32,000 students.
African Americans make up 13 percent of the student body.

Dr. Williams has been on the staff at the college for 30
years. Since 2013, she has served as senior vice president of
student services.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College,
where she majored in business and the humanities. She holds a
master’s degree in counselor education from University of
South Florida and earned a Ph.D. in higher education
administration from Barry University in Miami.