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SPC President Dr. Bill Law Announces His Resignation

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At this morning’s monthly Board of Trustees meeting, SPC President Bill Law announced his resignation effective July 1, 2017.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve,” Law said.

In the coming weeks, the Board of Trustees will outline the process to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

Law became St. Petersburg College’s sixth president on June 7, 2010.

In his several previous presidential positions, Dr. Law has become well known as an advocate of economic and workforce development, student success and community outreach. He currently serves on multiple local, state and national boards.

His effort to increase student success has allowed him to work at state and national levels and has provided opportunities such as consulting with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Aspen Institute, providing expert testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives, and serving as a member of the Florida Task Force on Community College Baccalaureate Education. Dr. Law also serves as the Co-Chair of the SPC Strategic Issues Council, the core team for the Achieving the Dream Initiative.

Law was a vocal champion of the creation of the Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, which opened in August 2015 to high acclaim for its community focus and commitment to providing educational equity.

Under Law’s leadership and guidance, SPC was selected as one of only 30 community colleges in the nation to participate in the prestigious Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the development of the College Experience. The College Experience was awarded the Chancellor’s Best Practices Award in 2014 for its effectiveness in improving student success rates, particularly among First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students and especially FTIC minority males.

In a letter he presented to Board Chair Lauralee Westine, President Law said that his “six and one-half years here has been fulfilling and rewarding” and assured the Board he would do everything in his power “to facilitate the process of finding the next president.”

Rita Farlow

Asst. Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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