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SPC president Bill Law says he was wrong about Seminole campus

SEMINOLE -- Bill Law, the new president of St. Petersburg College, went to last week's City Council meeting to formally introduce himself and pledge continued cooperation with the city.

Mayor Jimmy Johnson said that Jim Olliver, the provost of SPC's Seminole campus, provided a five-page bio of Law to read as an introduction before the speech. But, Johnson said, "I cut it down to one paragraph."

Law, who lived in the Seminole area when he worked at SPC in the 1980s, said he was glad to come home and reminisced about trick or treating and jogging in the neighborhood. He also spoke of the time before there was a Seminole SPC campus.

Law said he told people, "That Seminole property, that's a white elephant."

Trying to develop it, he said, would create fights and arm wrestling. Instead, the city government and the college formed a partnership and created a complex that includes a shared library, among other things.

"That may be the thing I was most wrong about in my career," Law said of his original assessment.

-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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