Rena Butler Health Sciences Annex

Long-Time Community Pillar Honored

If you are a resident of Clarksdale, Mississippi or its surrounding communities, the name Rena Butler has been synonymous with education, community outreach and service for a number of years.

For those reasons, Coahoma Community College has dedicated one of its newest facilities in her honor.

Long-Time Community Pillar Honored

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

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Mon May 7, 2018

Rena Butler Health Sciences Annex

“Rena Butler honored with facility dedication.”

If you are a resident of Clarksdale, Mississippi or its surrounding communities, the name Rena Butler has been synonymous with education, community outreach and service for a number of years.

For those reasons, Coahoma Community College has dedicated one of its newest facilities in her honor.

The Rena Butler Health Sciences Annex, located at 917 Ohio Avenue, was recently dedicated in Butler's honor with a ceremonial name unveiling and balloon release.

The facility will house Coahoma’s Paramedic/Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) and Polysomnography programs. The building features several offices, break rooms and a state-of-the-art simulation lab for all five Health Science programs. Completed, the facility netted a cost of nearly 1.3 million dollars. CCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, Practical Nursing and Respiratory Care programs will remain in the existing Health Sciences building, located adjacent to the newly constructed annex.

Butler is honored and overwhelmed to be recognized in such a significant way and is energized now more than ever to continue her expansive mission.

“I am truly humbled and grateful to have such a remarkable honor bestowed upon me,” said Butler. “My heart is saturated with joy and this act of recognition will forever linger in my heart.”

“This momentous occasion has challenged me to strive and continue to be concerned about those that are less fortunate. I am immensely appreciative for this acknowledgment,” Butler added. “I feel like a champion. I think I can fight one more round in the ring of love and compassion.”

Rena Butler Health Sciences AnnexButler, a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, is the daughter of the late Herman Perkins Sr., Ruth Perkins, and Eddie Brown.  Rena has ten siblings and a precious dog named Max, whom she loves dearly. She is the proud mother of one daughter, Sharon.

Rena serves in various capacities and is dedicated to her work.  She currently serves as the assistant secretary for both the Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees and Coahoma County Democratic Party.

Coahoma President, Dr. Valmadge T. Towner, is pleased to see this long-awaited effort to come to completion and thinks no other person is more deserving than Bulter to receive this dedication.

“This project was in process during my predecessor, Dr. Vivian Presely’s tenure and it has been on our radar from the beginning of my time here as president,” said Towner. “It took a while to come to fruition, about five years. Now, we have a facility that is state-of-the-art.”

“When we decided to make this selection in the naming, we looked for individuals within the community that would be deserving and you cannot find anyone that is perhaps more deserving than Rena Butler,” added Towner. “She is a strong advocate for grass-roots constituency. Come to her with an issue and she will advocate on your behalf.”

Rena is an active member of the Zeta Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. where she serves as the Tamias Grammateus.  She is the founder and CEO of Rena’s Curb Side Meals.  She is currently an active member of the American Cancer Society, the Aspire Board for North Delta Mississippi, the AARP, the Coahoma County Branch of NAACP, the Coahoma Opportunities Incorporated RSVP, the Federation Club, the Golden Circle, and the Heroines of Jericho.  Butler also served as National Director for the state of Mississippi National Education Association (NEA) as well as the Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi Association Educators (MAE).

Butler has earned many accolades throughout her life for her dedication, hard work, and outstanding service. Some of them include the Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Super Leader Award, the Boy Scouts of America Community Citizenship Award, the COI Council Board of Director’s Award, the MAE Vice-President Award, the Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) Distinguished Service Award, and the Zeta Phi Zeta Best Distinguished Reporter Award.

“Again, I think its well-deserved while she is still breathing. I applaud the committee and I want to give gratitude to the board as well for approving of our selection of Ms. Butler. I count it as a blessing to have the opportunity to work with her,” said Towner.  

For more information about Coahoma Health Sciences contact, Beverly Overton - dean of Health Sciences at (662) 621-4686 or boverton@coahomacc.edu.

Click the link for photos from the event: https://www.flickr.com/gp/162078067@N06/5gH9j7