2019   Gift of Peace Keynote Speaker

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The Spring is honored to announce Dr. Tonjua Williams as our 2019 Gift of Peace Keynote Speaker. Enhancing students’ access, success and the quality of their experiences are the most treasured values of Dr. Tonjua Williams who became the seventh president of St. Petersburg College in 2017.

Nationally recognized as an expert in transforming departments and institutions through student development and strategic planning, she has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her 31-year career as a leader in post-secondary education. Most recently she won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s leadership award and was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Under her leadership, St. Petersburg College was named sixth best among public and private colleges in Florida, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 study. That same study ranked SPC at number 17 among the top 84 public schools in the southern region, which is comprised of 12 states.

As a tactical leader of the Education Ecosystem movement in the Tampa Bay Area, Dr. Williams has created a pathway for educators, businesses, government and community agencies to work closer together than ever before. That movement has strengthened the alignment between schools, created pathways for working adults to advance their careers, and improved the economic mobility of our residents and the growth of our region.  

To hear Dr. Williams' Speech at the Gift of Peace Lunch, tickets can be purchased here.