The board of trustees of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning has announced the appointment of William B. Bynum Jr. as the next president of Mississippi Valley State University. He has been serving as vice president for enrollment management and student services at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Earlier in his career, he was the Covington Distinguished Professor of Sociology and assistant dean of students at Davidson College in North Carolina. He also served as dean of students at Clark Atlanta University.
“Dr. Bynum has extensive experience in higher education,” said Trustee Shane Hooper, chair of the Mississippi Valley State University Board Search Committee. “He understands the most pressing issues in higher education today and has the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to address them. With demonstrated leadership skills and a proven track record of increasing enrollment, he is the right person to serve as president of Mississippi Valley State University at this point in the institution’s history.”
Dr. Bynum is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.
“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead Mississippi Valley State University,” said Dr. Bynum. “I grew up in a rural area of North Carolina that is very similar to the Mississippi Delta and understand the power that education has to change the lives of students and their families for generations to come. I look forward to working with the campus and community to enhance opportunities for students to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential at Mississippi Valley.”