ST. PETERSBURG – St. Petersburg College president Bill Law, who completed his fourth year as college president earlier this month, received a contract extension through June 30, 2017 and an exemplary performance review from the SPC Board of Trustees.
Board Chair Deveron Gibbons praised Law’s leadership, expertise and creativity and his commitment to the college’s mission of promoting student success and enriching local communities through education, career development and self-discovery. Board members reviewed Law on leadership, diversity of initiatives, planning, budgeting and external relations.
“One of the principal charges given to Dr. Law at the start of his tenure was to refocus our efforts on the core mission of this institution,” said Gibbons. “Dr. Law has performed this portion of his responsibilities at the highest level of leadership. (SPC’s) College Experience project has significantly improved the classroom success of our students across the board.”
Law created The College Experience in 2012 to ensure students finish what they start and succeed. The five major components of The College Experience include out-of-class support, integrated career and academic advising, new student orientation, My Learning Plan (a roadmap for graduation) and early alert and student coaching system.
Since The College Experience launched, SPC students have shown significant academic improvements, but the greatest advances have been among African-American and Hispanic males. For African American males, success rates jumped from 42 percent in spring 2012 to 58 percent this spring. For Hispanic males, the success rate rose from 53 percent to 68 percent.
Law holds weekly meetings with college staff to review progress reports and success metrics and communicates these goals throughout the college.
In his review, Gibbons also noted that Law has succeeded in the past year in moving forward with the complex development of the Midtown campus, renewing SPC’s online education program, formulating a student-focused response to major changes in the state guidelines for developmental education and expanding the college’s commitments to workforce education across all levels of the college’s instructional mission.
“Our consistent, superior audit reviews, budgeting, and strategic planning, have been able to put into motion, a plan for future success,” Gibbons said. “President Law continues to be an effective spokesperson for the college in Tallahassee and our college continues to perform at a very high level in the key areas of postsecondary education policy.”