There are some scandals you can weather in the world of higher education. This is not one of them.

The Clarion Ledger reports:

JSU president resigns following arrest in prostitution sting in Clinton, Mississippi

The president of Jackson State University resigned Monday following his arrest during a prostitution sting in Clinton over the weekend.

Clinton police arrested William Bynum Jr., 57, and charged him with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana.

He was among 17 people arrested, according to Clinton police.

Also arrested was Shonda McCarthy, director of JSU Art Galleries. She was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.

The Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning went into an emergency executive session in Jackson just after noon Monday to discuss interim leadership at JSU. Trustees named Thomas Hudson the interim president. Hudson previously served as chief operating officer and special assistant to the president.

Mark Jones, spokesman for the city of Clinton, said Monday that the two-day operation led to eight felony charges. He said police made contact with the alleged offenders through online “dark web” sites, where services were discussed. A local chain hotel was the agreed meeting place.

 

 
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