HBCU president arrested, resigns after prostitution bust

William Bynum was VP at Morehouse before taking Jackson State job

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The president of Jackson State University in Mississippi has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting operation.

William Bynum Jr., 57, was arrested over the weekend along with several other people, according to the Clinton, Mississippi, police department. Bynum is charged with procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana.

Bynum resigned Monday, according to WJTV.

Bynum arrived at Jackson State after serving four years as vice president for enrollment management and student services at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Jackson State University is a historically black college and university (HBCU) and claims the late Walter Payton, one of the NFL’s greatest running backs, as one of its most famous alums.

The university is one of the largest HBCUs in the U.S. and the fourth-largest university in Mississippi.

William Bynum Jr.

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Bynum was hired in 2017 by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board as JSU’s president. Before that, he served for four years as president of Mississippi Valley State University. He is married and is the father of six children.

Another JSU employee was arrested in the sting. Shondra McCarthy, director of the JSU art galleries, is charged with procuring the services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, according to police.

Police said the two-day operation resulted in 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.