Janice Buchanan Swartz came to St. Petersburg Junior College in 1990 to teach music and humanities. An accomplished musician and scholar, she previously taught similar courses at the University of South Florida. At SPC, she was the director of the college choruses, community chorus and the St. Petersburg College Madrigalians.
She is the co-author of a popular textbook, Expanding Horizons: An Introduction to Non-Western Humanities, and has been a contributor to many professional publications. Following her teaching career, she served the college as Executive Director of the SPC Foundation, raising millions of dollars for student scholarships.
She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Rhodes College in Memphis, a master’s degree from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in music and education from the University of South Florida. She retired in 2010 and lives in St. Petersburg.