William Bynum Jr., the president of Jackson State University in Mississippi, was arrested over the weekend in a prostitution sting, officials announced Monday.
The 57-year-old was charged with procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana, according to the Clinton Police Department.
Detectives set up a two-day sting at a local hotel after making contact with the accused offenders on “dark web” sites, according to officials. Seventeen arrests were made, including eight felony charges.
On Monday, Bynum resigned as university president, effective immediately, according to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Bynum, described as “a God-loving, God-fearing man” on JSU’s website, was named president of the university in May 2017, despite criticism from the JSU alumni group.
“It should be noted that Bynum was among candidates that did not receive a favorable review and was not invited to advance in the search process,” then-JSU National Alumni President Yolanda Owens wrote in a letter to the Institutions of Higher Learning commissioner at the time, according to the Clarion Ledger. “In fact, the JSU (Interview Search Advisory) Committee unanimously expressed serious concerns about his candidacy. At the conclusion of the first-round interviews and following deliberation with the board about the candidates, we were assured Bynum was no longer under consideration.”
The IHL board met during an emergency executive session Monday to discuss an interim president, but no one has been named yet.
Now, he should’ve known better.