St. Petersburg College confirmed recently that its president, Bill Law, described by a colleague as a “strong, capable, knowledgeable leader,” said he will resign effective July 1, 2017.
College board member Deveron Gibbons said the college was enhanced by the presence of Law, who led the college for over six years after serving in similar capacities at Tallahassee Community College and Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois. Law also founded Montgomery College near Houston.
“We are a better college because you (Law) came here,” Gibbons said at a recent board of trustees meeting. “I remember your interview, here on this campus, and you promised us that you were going to get certain things done … and you’ve done that. I appreciate you and all that you’ve done.”
Law, who received a bachelor’s degree in English from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and a master's and Ph.D. in postsecondary education design and management from Florida State University, realized an array of goals which he set for St. Petersburg College, including high student success rates during his tenure.
“President Law has been instrumental in creating an environment at the college where student success is paramount,” Lauralee Westine, the board chair, said. “While his leadership and friendship will be missed by our college community, our focus on student achievement will not waiver. We will be ever grateful for Dr. Law’s transformative dedication to St. Petersburg College.”
As an advocate of economic and workforce development and community outreach, Law serves on multiple local, state and national boards. He has strengthened the local St. Petersburg community and consulted with national educational stakeholders and government entities.
“It’s been my pleasure to serve,” Law said.