ITTA BENA — William B. Bynum Jr., Ph.D., will be sworn in as the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University on Oct. 17.
The investiture ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium, and will include a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests and faculty and staff, with a closed reception following the ceremony.
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Bynum earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Davidson College while on a student-athlete scholarship. He went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Duke University while serving as a Duke Endowment Fellow.
Bynum was also a member of the inaugural class of the NAFEO-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program, a year-long program, specifically designed to train the next generation of CEO’s for minority serving institutions.
Prior to his appointment at MVSU, he served as the vice president for enrollment management and student services at Morehouse College, where he implemented the nationally acclaimed “Appropriate Attire” policy and Parents Council.
Prior to Morehouse, Bynum served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to Lincoln, Bynum served as the associate vice president and dean of students at Clark Atlanta University.
In addition to his enrollment management & student affairs background, Bynum has held research and teaching positions at Davidson, Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina’s Durham and Edgecombe community colleges.
His publications include a co-authored article with Duke colleagues in the sociology journal Social Forces titled “Race and Formal Volunteering.” A chapter titled “The Black Church in America: Demography and Current Trends” in the book Exploring the African American Experience (3rd edition) and a short story titled “For the Love of J-Ski” in the NASPA produced book Stories of Inspiration: Lessons and Laughter in Student Affairs.
Bynum is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Rotary Club of Greenwood and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
He is married to Deborah Elaine Bynum, and they are the parents of six children — Tyrone, Tyler, Chelsea, Zack, Jordan and Jazz.