Wiley Named Interim VP for Academic Affairs
Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner introduced Dr. Jimmy Wiley to his administration on Thursday morning as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. Wiley will be taking over the position vacated by Dr. Rosetta Howard who served in that capacity since 2003.
Dr. Wiley, a former Coahoma student, faculty member and administrator has come out of retirement to accept the position while the school continues its search for a permanent replacement.
“Following the unexpected departure of Dr. Howard, who we thank for her stellar leadership, we are happy to bring in Dr. Wiley to take over the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs,” said Towner. “Dr. Wiley is an experienced educator and lifelong supporter of this institution and I am confident that he will continue, sustain and build on the leadership and vision of Dr. Howard.”
Wiley earned his associate’s degree at then Coahoma Junior College in Social Science before transferring to Jackson State University and earning his bachelor’s degree in History. He had a brief stint at Delta State University before enrolling at the University of Mississippi where he earned a master’s degree in History and a doctoral degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel.
In 1965, the Clarksdale native then returned to Coahoma Agricultural High School where he spent three years teaching before getting the opportunity to pursue an Educational Professionals Development Act (EDPA) fellowship at Ole Miss. In 1971, he returned to CCC to teach the social sciences and was named the Social Science Department Chair in 1988, followed by subsequent promotions to the positions of Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs. In 1992, Wiley was named the Dean of Continuing Education before retiring from Coahoma in 1995.
After his retirement, Wiley moved to Memphis where he worked for Memphis State for a year before taking another position at the Shelby State as the Director of Counseling and Advising. He retired for a second time in 2006.
Since his retirement, Wiley has served as the president of the Coahoma County chapter of the NAACP, president of the 100 Men and President of the North Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. When asked about his return to Coahoma, Wiley said when offered the opportunity, yes was the only answer that he could give.
“This is home, and I am coming home to do what I can to help because that is of the utmost importance,” said Wiley. “Dr. Towner was my student, and he asked for my help. If I am truthful in saying that this is my home, how could I say no?
“Nationwide we are having problems with attrition and retention, and I wrote my dissertation on attrition. I have some ideas, and hopefully with the help of those under my umbrella, I can start laying the groundwork for addressing these problems here at Coahoma and make a difference.”