The St. Petersburg College community is saddened by the passing of Congressman C.W. Bill Young, who was a friend and strong supporter of the college, its students and the community for many years.
The college was among the many public institutions that benefited from Mr. Young’s advocacy in Washington and Tallahassee. His efforts helped make St. Petersburg College the early leader in the state in online education and a leader in the world in law enforcement training.
His zeal for veterans, especially those who have been wounded in their service, helped St. Petersburg College establish the only college of orthotics and prosthetics in the Southeast.
In recognition of his leadership and his commitment to educational and economic development initiatives, the Florida Legislature in 2007 and 2008 appropriated funds to establish the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College.
Mr. Young’s support enhanced many other programs and efforts of the college. The congressman kept his local office in the library at the college’s Seminole Campus, and a classroom building on that campus bears his name.
St. Petersburg College mourns Mr. Young’s passing and celebrates his legacy of service.