Last fall when Capt. Dr. Eric Carver, a decorated Air Force veteran, found out he needed to attend an 11-day training for his service in the Air Force Reserve, he knew it might be a problem, as he was serving as the interim provost at St. Petersburg College’s Caruth Health Education Center. He went to his supervisor, Senior Vice President of Student Services Dr. Tonjua Williams, for approval. She didn’t bat an eye and assured him that she would make sure that his post at the center would be taken care of in his absence.
“She was supportive, caring and genuine – all the attributes of an effective executive leader,” Carver said.
On Feb. 29, Williams was surprised and honored to be presented the award during an event on the HEC campus.“I was just floored,” she said. “It was a total surprise. As a college, SPC is very supportive of its employees. And I believe in what military personnel do, and I appreciate their sacrifice. I feel it is my duty to help them fulfill theirs.”
Carver said Williams deserves the award because she does a lot to serve veterans.
“She oversees Veterans Services for the college, and she supports my training as an Air Force Reserve officer. She sees my training as an asset to the college, because the more I learn, the more I can share.”