Vivian Mathews Presley led Coahoma Community College for 20 years
Dr. Vivian Mathews Presley, president of Coahoma Community College for more than two decades, and the first woman to head a community or junior college in the state of Mississippi, has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2013, according to Johnny McGlown, chairman of the CCC Board of Trustees.
McGlown said her retirement was accepted officially at the November meeting of Coahoma’s Board of Trustees, and a search committee composed of board members has been organized to name her successor.
He said applications for the position were being accepted through February 22, 2013, and brochures detailing requirements are being finalized this month.
“Dr. Presley is a lifelong leader who has worked tirelessly to better the lives of those in her community and the state of Mississippi,” commented McGlown. “Her leadership and dedicated vision has led the college on a path of increased enrollment and program expansion.”
Appointed president of Coahoma and superintendent of Coahoma Agricultural High School in January 6, 1992, following her tenure as counselor, vice president for institutional advancement and executive vice president, Dr. Presley has spearheaded significant growth in degree and career programs at Coahoma.
Under her leadership, the college has experienced a 200 percent increase in enrollment since the fall of 1992 and more than $26 million in facility renovations and new construction including the new Vivian M. Presley Administrative Building named in her honor in 2011.
Following her education at West Point Public Schools, Dr. Presley earned four degrees from Mississippi State University – Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Education – and was named MSU’s Alumnae of the Year for the
College of Education.
She has been honored as Top Business Women in the Mississippi Delta by the Mississippi Business Journal, a Mississippi Trailblazer, recipient of the Rotary Club’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award, and Delta Sigma Theta’s National Recognition Award, and Clarksdale’s 2007 Citizen of the Year.