Thompson to Highlight Program for Top CCC Students
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s top academic students will be recognized during the upcoming Presidential and Vice-Presidential Scholars Program.
Hosted by the Division of Academic Affairs, the annual program has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Magnolia Room —located on the second floor of the Zee A. Barron Student Union. Keynote speaker Dr. I.D. Thompson will highlight the event.
“The Presidential and Vice-Presidential program gives recognition to those students who represent the best Coahoma has to offer—academic excellence,” said Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Jimmy Wiley. “The program is designed to challenge other students to emulate the honor students as well as to challenge the honor students to continue their academic pursuits.”
The public, especially parents, are invited to attend, Wiley said.
The former principal of Coahoma Agricultural High School and the founder and senior Consultant of Performance Enhancement Training, Thompson is well known as an educational consultant, motivational speaker, minister, dramatist, poet, storyteller and researcher.
Thompson is a 1967 graduate of Choctaw County High School. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Jackson State University, and also earned master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and The New Foundational Theological Seminary.
Thompson has appeared in two major movies, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Freedom Road”. His stage credits includes, “A Raisin In The Sun,” “Purlie Victorious,” and “Ceremonies In Dark Old Men”. He has directed over 30 major plays and has served as a successful turnaround school leader. His tenure as a university professor spans more than twenty years and included stops at Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, TN, and Kennedy King College in Chicago, IL.
After 41 years of educational leadership, professorship, professional acting, directing and producing, Dr. Thompson shifted his career focus to empower others to maximize their capacity as teachers, leaders, coaches, learners and in everyday life.
A highly-motivated leader during his tenure with the Mississippi Department of Education from 1992 to 2000 as Comprehensive School Health Education Curriculum Coordinator, Thompson facilitated the training of more than 1500 teachers throughout Mississippi and served as a consultant and training specialist for the US Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thompson has received numerous awards and citations including the 2010 Who’s Who in Black Mississippi and the 2007 Mississippi Educator of the Year.