Reception set to honor Dr. Vivian Presley’s 38 years at CCC

April 16, 2013 in Top Stories

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

Dr. Valmadge Towner named new president

CLARKSDALE – With the approaching retirement of Dr. Vivian Presley as president of Coahoma Community College (CCC), a number of activities celebrating her 38 years at CCC have been planned during the week of April 16 through April 20, according to Rosemary Lamb, vice president of institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Vivian Presley (CCC photos)

Dr. Presley will retire at the end of June, and Dr. Valmadge Towner of Marks has been named CCC’s fifth president by the CCC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Towner, who is director of pupil services for the Desoto County School District, is an alumnus of Coahoma and a former trustee

of the college.

“Dr. Towner is an outstanding administrator who has been closely associated with the college for many years; we look forward to welcoming him home as Coahoma’s new president,” commented McGlown.

Commenting on his selection, Dr. Towner said, “I am grateful to the board for its vote of confidence and feel excitement, eagerness, and a bit of consternation. However, I look forward to the challenges and opportunities of serving my alma mater.”

Other finalists for the position were Dr. Rosetta Howard, vice president of academic affairs, and Dr. Gregory Hudson, vice president of student affairs.

Dr. Valmadge Towner

Events for Presley’s retirement include a reception for the community hosted by the Delta Blues Museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The public is invited to attend the wine and cheese reception.

Other events include a campus reception for members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of the college and Coahoma Agricultural High School, a picnic for students, and a retirement gala at the Isle of Capri Saturday, April 20.

According to Lamb, the retirement gala is a 7 p.m.  black tie event for family, friends, board members, campus and community members.

Proceeds benefit the Dr. Vivian M. Presley Scholarship endowment, says Lamb.