Jackson State University president William Bynum Jr. resigned from his role leading the 142-year-old institution yesterday, Monday, February 10th, following his arrest in a prostitution sting.
Bynum was apprehended by Clinton Police Department at a Mississippi hotel and is accused procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana.
The City of Clinton also shares, “The two day operation resulted in seventeen (17) arrests with eight felony charges. The arrests spanned multiple charges including prostitution, procuring the services of a prostitute, promoting prostitution, conspiracy to promote prostitution, and various controlled substance violations.”
The former president posted a $3,000 bond and his scheduled court appearance date is to be determined. By a unanimous vote, Bynum became the 11th JSU president and would’ve celebrated his third year in office in May. The Jackson State University website shares that “Bynum’s personal and professional motto is: “Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God. Look within and find God.”
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning reports, “Dr. William B. Bynum has tendered his resignation as President of Jackson State University to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, effective immediately.” The Board will convene to decide how the university will move forward.
Throughout his career, Bynum also had roles at Mississippi Valley State University, Winston-Salem State University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.