Dr. Towner receives award

Coahoma President Named 2019 Citizen of the Year

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge T. Towner was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year at the Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce 74th Annual Meeting.

Coahoma President Named 2019 Citizen of the Year

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Oct 23, 2019

Dr. Towner receives award

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge T. Towner was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year at the Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce 74th Annual Meeting. The event took place in the Pinnacle on the campus of Coahoma Community College.

The Citizen of The Year Award honors an outstanding member of the community whose accomplishments exemplify and support the values and mission of civic/economic growth within the Clarksdale community and Coahoma County.

Towner serves as the fifth president of Coahoma Community College and the ninth superintendent of Coahoma Early College High School. He has served as President and Superintendent since July 2013.

Last year’s Citizen of the Year recipient, Reverend Charles Langford, had the honor of formally announcing Towner as receiving the coveted recognition and was emotional, considering their close personal relationship. Langford recounted how it felt to be honored himself, as he craftily revealed that Towner was the 2019 recipient.

Dr. Towner receives award“This, to me, is probably more of an honor than receiving the award itself, which was overwhelming. I have never in my life received anything that I have appreciated as much as being the Citizen of the Year,” said Langford. “He’s (Towner) a hands-on manager. He meets with his department heads on a regular basis – asking them how he can improve the college. We are fortunate to have him at the helm of Coahoma Community College with his new wife, Natasha.”

Towner is no stranger to leadership roles and has served in numerous administrative and educational positions.  Earlier in his career, he served as a college mathematics instructor, head college baseball coach, and as an assistant college football coach. In the K-12 educational realm, he was employed by Quitman County Schools as a principal and superintendent of education. Most recently, before returning to Coahoma Community College, he served as director of pupil services for Desoto County Schools.

Towner expressed that receiving the honor is totally humbling and a reflection of those he works with on a daily basis.

“I am always uncomfortable receiving honors and accolades because you do the work, and the accolades come as a result of the people you work with hand-in-hand. It's humbling. It serves as guardrails for me to keep focused,” Towner expressed. “I was shocked and forgot to thank individuals like Jon Levingston and others responsible for making something like this possible.”

Towner graduated from Coahoma Community College with an associate degree in Computer Science. He also graduated from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, a Master of Education Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Education Degree in Administration. Additionally, he received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and  Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership conferred from the University of Mississippi.

He unapologetically expresses that Coahoma Community College would not be what it is today without the hard work of the faculty, staff, and students. Towner believes with continued dedication that CCC will progress to new heights.

Dr. Towner receives award“Again, I was shocked. I had no idea. People like my predecessor, Dr. Vivan M. Presely, were honored. I remember that years ago. It was a really big deal,” said Towner. “I give it back to the people that I work with. It is not something that I do on my own. Obviously, the great things that happen here at Coahoma are because of the people, I just so happen to be in a position that reaps some of the commendation, but it is only because of the people.”

Individuals interested in helping Coahoma’s ongoing mission can do so financially by making a charitable, tax-deductible donation at http://www.coahomacc.edu/giving/.