IHL board names acting Jackson State president

Thomas Hudson (Source: Jackson State University)

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named an acting president for Jackson State University after the Monday resignation of Dr. William Bynum.

Thomas Hudson, special assistant to the president and JSU's chief diversity officer was tapped to fill the role.

“We are extremely pleased that Thomas Hudson has agreed to serve as acting president,” said Hal Parker, president of the board of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning. “As both an alumnus and a current staff member, he has a deep love for and understanding of the campus and all it means to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and the state.”

In his position, Hudson served on the executive cabinet and provided guidance to senior leadership on all topics related to the university’s future course and trajectory.

With the Division of Human Resources and Office of General Counsel under his purview, Hudson oversaw institutional EEO and Title IX implementation and collaborated with other executive administrators on matters of curriculum, guidelines and practices.

He also established collaborative partnerships with the University Veterans Center and Office of Disability Services to address the under-representation of employees from these groups. He also served as the president’s liaison for the Division of Athletics.

Hudson conducted university-wide labor utilization analysis to determine areas of improvement as it relates to the university affirmative action plan and reorganized the Staff Development Center and assisted in developing courses in employee relations, development and compliance.

“As a Jackson State alumnus and senior-level cabinet member, Thomas Hudson is committed to the success of the university and extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the campus,” said Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education.

A member of the Jackson State staff since 2012, Hudson has also served as chief operating officer/chief diversity officer, chief diversity and EEO officer/Title IX coordinator.

As COO, IHL says Hudson implemented cost-saving measures that resulted in a 10 percent decrease in the university’s operational budget, coordinated academic and administrative restructuring efforts, resulting in an annual savings of $4 million, and led institutional efforts that changes a projected year-end deficit to an approximate $3 million cash balance.

Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jackson State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

The Board of Trustees will discuss the future leadership of Jackson State at its regular Board meeting next week.

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Earlier:

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning holds an emergency meeting Monday to discuss finding a replacement for Dr. William Bynum.

The board served public notice but said an executive session would be called.

Bynum resigned Monday after being arrested on charges of procuring services of a prostitute, false statement of identity, and simple possession of marijuana. He had served as president since 2017.

Detectives with the Clinton Police Department made 17 arrests over the weekend involving prostitution charges.