CCC Trustees Honored for Years of Service
CLARKSDALE- Several Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees were recently recognized for their notable decades of dedication and service to education: Robert “Brick” Mason, and Ned Gathwright were both honored with plaques in Biloxi during the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Trustees Summer Conference, held July 12-14.
“I felt good. It is good to be recognized for what you do.”
Mason, who represents Bolivar County, has gleefully served as a Coahoma Community College Board Trustee for 35 years, has over 50 years of experience in education, and has earned an estimated 10 awards and plaques over his career span.
“I’m just glad I’m able to serve the community and the college. I’m persistent in what I do and believe in what I do and I’m dedicated,” Mason explains.
Equally dedicated is Ned Gathwright.
Medals and awards are no stranger to the retired educator and United States Army Veteran, but each one is just as heart- warming as the last. Gathwright, a 1954 graduate of Coahoma Agricultural High School, has served on the Coahoma Community College Board of Trustees for 25 years.
Both Gathwright and Mason have a combined 60 years of service to Coahoma.
“It’s good to have stability on your board,” says Dr. Valmadge Towner, CCC President.
“The highlight of my career has been seeing the young people progress and knowing the things you can do to make the learning experience better for them,” Mason sums up.
Board Trustee Don Clark was also recognized for his 10 years of service.
And Coahoma Community College’s newest trustee, Dr. Darron Edwards, West Tallahatchie School Superintendent, is excited to add years to his belt.