JSU Alumni Sue Over ‘Racially Discriminatory Practices;’ College Board Fires Back

Jackson State University alumni and supporters filed a broad lawsuit Tuesday against the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees for racial discrimination in its governance of the historically black colleges and universities and its presidential selection processes.

The suit follows IHL’s naming of Dr. William B. Bynum, current president at Mississippi Valley State University, as the agency’s candidate of preference as JSU president.

Bynum is scheduled to appear at JSU’s student center on Wednesday for a day of listening sessions with stakeholders. At the conclusion of those sessions, the board will deliberate and announce Bynum as president of JSU or choose to continue the search.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.