Biographical Sketch


Dr. Valmadge T. Towner became the fifth president of Coahoma Community College and the ninth superintendent of the Agricultural High School on July 1, 2013.  He succeeded Dr. Vivian Presley who was president for 21 years.  

Dr. Valmadge T. Towner took the leadership of the college, having held numerous administrative and educational positions.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Towner served as a mathematics teacher, ACT and Algebra tutor, head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Coahoma Community College and adjunct mathematics professor at Lemoyne-Owen College.  Dr. Towner served Quitman County Schools as a principal and superintendent.  Dr. Towner also serves as the pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, Mississippi and provides administrative assistance to his father at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Most recently, Dr. Towner served as the director of pupil services for the Desoto County School District.

Dr. Towner graduated from Coahoma Community College with an Associate’s Degree.  He 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.  He attended the Principal’s Summer Institute at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Dr. Towner received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.  He received a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.

Service, Honors and Awards
President of Progressive Baptist State Convention of Mississippi

Charter Member of Africa’s Promise Village
Tanzania, Africa

Citizen of the Year for Leflore County
Greenwood, Mississippi

Honored Alumnus
Coahoma Community College
Clarksdale, Mississippi

 

Youth Department Mentor Honoree
Progressive Baptist State Convention

Grand Marshall
Marks, MS Christmas Parade

Person of the Year for Mahogany Magazine

Delegate to Chinese Bridge Delegation; Hanban
China’s Office of Chinese Language Council International
Partnership with the College Board
Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools National Council of State Supervisors for Languages
National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages and Chinese Consulates in the United States

Kappa Delta Pi Inductee 
University of Mississippi Chapter

Faculty Senate Officer
Coahoma Community College
Clarksdale, Mississippi

PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES

Presenter, Common Core Institute
National Literacy Professional Development Consortium
Jackson, MS

Featured Lecturer
General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi

Lecturer, Upward Bound Group
Coahoma Community College

Keynote Speaker
Education Day Georgetown College
Georgetown University
Georgetown, Kentucky

Keynote Speaker
Alcorn State University, Alumni Mid-Winter Meeting
Tunica, Mississippi

Lectured in Tanzania, Africa

Lecturer, Delta State University
Teach for America Summer Institute

Presenter, Early Literacy and Technology
National Literacy Professional Development Consortium
Tunica, MS

Sixth Annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, New Jersey

Keynote Speaker
Arbor Day/Founder’s Day Celebration
Coahoma Community College
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Guest Speaker
Honor's Banquet
Mississippi Valley State University
Itta Bena, Mississippi

First Mississippi Speaker
Greenwood Voter’s League
Greenwood, Mississippi

Lectured in China
Beijing and Inner Mongolia

Guest Lecturer 
Master's Level Educational Leadership
University of Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi

Columnist
Greenwood Commonwealth Newspaper
Greenwood, Mississippi

Annual Guest Lecturer
Black History Program
First Baptist Church
Oak Park, Illinois

Guest Speaker   
Minority First Year Students
Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, Mississippi

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS)
Jackson, Mississippi

Northwest Community College Board
Planning Committee for School of Nursing
Senatobia, Mississippi

Northwest Community College Board
Planning Committee for Vocational/Technical Education
Senatobia, Mississippi

Northwest Community College Board   
Finance Committee
Senatobia, Mississippi

Northwest Community College Board 
Building Committee,
Senatobia, Mississippi

Coahoma Community College Board
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Northwest Community College Board
Senatobia, Mississippi

Southern Regional College Board
Atlanta, GA

The College Board
New York, New York

LRP, National Institute of legal Issues of Education
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Delta Burial Corporation
Chair, Board of Directors
Marks, Mississippi

Quitman County Federal Credit Union
Past Board Member
Marks, Mississippi

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS)
Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA)  
Jackson, Mississippi

State Chamber of Commerce (SCC)  
Jackson, Mississippi

Boys to Men Club of Quitman County
Mentor
Marks, Mississippi

Quitman County Youth Organization 
Mentor and Volunteer
Marks, Mississippi

Quitman County Economic Development
Vice President
Marks, Mississippi

Mississippi Economic Council (MEC)
Jackson, Mississippi

Regional Health Council (RHC)

American Association for School Administrators (AASA)
Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE)
Ridgeland, MS

Ezra Towner, III Scholarship Fund           
Marks, Mississippi

National Baptist Congress U.S.A. Incorporated

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr. Towner has made significant strides in education, including:

  • developed and implemented a process to revise, update and publish a complete set of school  board   policies for Quitman County Schools.
  • implemented Mississippi Accountability Standards to insure State Laws, Federal Laws, State Board of Education Policies and Commission on School Accreditation Standards followed by the district.
  • implemented Response to Intervention (RtI) to affect student achievement by utilizing all programs in the district to serve the each student.
  • developed and implemented a district-wide strategic plan for guiding the district’s growth in meeting the learning goals of the State and local school board over ten (10) years.
  • developed and implemented a recruiting program to attract teachers to the Mississippi Delta.
  • developed and implemented a district-wide curriculum that led to improvement in classroom instruction in grades K-12.  The Quitman County Curriculum based on the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks.
  • developed and implemented consistent and fair personnel evaluation systems for all district employees based on best educational practices.
  • obtained nearly five million dollars in grant funds during eight-year period.
  • implemented a facilities improvement project that included roofing, added classrooms, painting of all schools and increased maintenance expectations.
  • increased dual enrollment for high school students.
  • developed and implemented a professional development program for teachers seeking National Board Certification.
  • promoted collaborative problem solving and open communication with staff.