College Board appoints Bynum as MVSU president
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The College Board unanimously voted Tuesday to appoint William Bynum
as the next president of Mississippi Valley State University
, most recently vice president of enrollment management and student services at Atlanta's Morehouse College
, was confirmed after meeting with students, faculty and alumni in Itta Bena.
"It is an awesome blessing to be the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University
I prepared for this, obviously, for my lifetime," said Bynum, who has been part of programs to prepare presidents for colleges that serve minority populations.
Shane Hooper, of Tupelo, the College Board member who led the search committee that chose the 51-year-old Bynum, said Bynum was the right person to reverse the declining number of students at Mississippi's smallest public university.
was chosen in a closed search as the sole finalist from among more than 70 applicants.
"Dr. Bynum was an effective leader at Morehouse," Wilson said in a statement issued by the College Board.
Besides stopping the school's sharp enrollment decline, Bynum
will also have to unite a fractured alumni base and cultivate more donations.
College Board spokeswoman Caron Blanton said Bynum
will start full-time on Nov. 6.
plans to attend this weekend's football game between Valley and Jackson State University
to meet more of the university's supporters.
plans to meet with Rankins to coordinate a transition, with plans to write a more detailed plan of what he
hopes to accomplish.
"The most exciting thing for folk to hear is I plan on living on campus from Day One," Bynum
"I will be a highly visible and involved president."
is building a new president's house, but Bynum
would live in another faculty house on campus until it's complete.
Oliver drew criticism for renting an apartment in Greenwood rather than living on the campus.
Bynum earlier worked at Lincoln University in southeastern Pennsylvania, and before that at Clark Atlanta University and at Davidson College in North Carolina.
The sociologist earned his bachelor's degree from Davidson and his master's degree and doctorate from Duke University.