Dr. Tonjua Williams
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” (John C. Maxwell)
Dr. Tonjua Williams has over 20 years of experience in higher education, ranging from student affairs to academic and college-wide administration. Currently, she serves as the senior vice president of student services at St. Petersburg College.
Her passion is to participate in initiatives designed to help others overcome obstacles and succeed in life. As a recipient of community outreach services and a member of “the village,” she understands the importance of reaching out to others and helping them realize their full potential. Being the first in her family to attend college and earn a degree, she strongly supports any initiative designed to help our youth understand their ability to be successful. She believes that if one person is successful, he/she will bring along others and will make a difference in our society.
Dr. Williams is actively involved in her community by participating in initiatives designed to help our youth and young adults become self sufficient and productive citizens of society. These activities include little league football/cheerleading, youth and women’s ministries, outreach initiatives and serving on the Pinellas County Education Foundation Doorways Scholarship board and the corporate board of the Boys & Girls Club, Suncoast.
She holds a PhD from Barry University in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Educational Leadership. She has participated in several leadership programs: State of Florida Chancellor’s Leadership Program, Leadership St. Petersburg, University of Florida’s Executive Leadership Program, and the American Association of Community College’s Thomas Lakin Leadership Program (for those aspiring to be college presidents).
She is a local, state, and national presenter and has served as a Retention Management System (RMS) Associate Trainer and consultant for Noel Levitz, a national student retention organization and the League for Innovation. She is a motivational speaker and enjoys encouraging others to excel.
She is a native of St. Petersburg and credits much of her success to the upbringing and training provided by her mother Willie Harris, family members, teachers, neighbors, and the wonderful relationship she has with her loving husband, Derrick Williams.
“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.” (author unknown)