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JSU mascot says his Tiger uniform was embarrassing (video)
Don't know who is going to initiate the fundraiser for a new mascot, but a new mascot should be in place by August of 2018.
JSU mascot says his Tiger uniform was embarrassing (video)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On the eve of Jackson State University's homecoming, a city street was named in honor of the former JSU mascot, David "Wavee Dave" Chambers.
Chambers died in 2006.  

At the same time alumni are celebrating Wavee Dave, there is criticism from the new tiger mascot. 

Fernando Mitchell, known as Sonny Thee Tiger, claims in a letter to the student newspaper earlier this month, his Tiger uniform is not up to pare.   

In the October 5 letter to the JSU student newspaper, Mitchell wrote his mascot suit has been bashed; a year ago it was falling apart with holes. 

According to Mitchell, his father purchased a new tiger suit, but it wasn't accepted by fellow students.

Mitchell said he contacted JSU administration about a new uniform but never heard back.

The alumni we spoke with Friday said they were not aware of the mascot uniform complaint. Roderick Little, the JSU Marching Band Director had this response when we asked about Mitchell's statements.

JSU mascot says his Tiger uniform was embarrassing - - Jackson, MS

New Jackson State Campus Building Names
Are they ever going to place a person's name on the School of Business, the School of Engineering and the New Student Union? I think the Dr. Dollye M.E. Robinson School of Liberal Arts Building was the last building on campus named after someone.
Bynum is ready to lead JSU - Interview with Othor Cain
Greetings Jackson State University,
I write you today as the blessed, thankful and honored 11th president of THEE! At 12:01 July 1st, I was approaching Yazoo City after having attended the 50th Pastoral Anniversary of my friend, spiritual and fraternal brother Rev. Dr. Harvey Jackson at the Fred B. Clark Fellowship Hall of the Lampton Street Church in Mound Bayou.  I pulled off to the side of the road, prayed and thanked God for his continued blessings, and fully began to grasp the awesome responsibility of leading one of the finest universities in the country and State of Mississippi. 
At about 1 am, I arrived at 1400 Lynch Street and the beautiful, well-lit and secured campus of "Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear."  I pulled into the gates of the Fannie Lou Hamer Guest House, aka the JSU President's home, and enjoyed the splendor of the well-manicured and landscaped grounds as I thanked God for traveling mercy.  I awakened at 8:30 am and began my day with prayer by the pond on the property and like a kid at Christmas, took numerous pictures of the house and grounds to share with family and friends. 
My first public appearance as the 11th president of JSU was indeed a special and memorable one, the Homegoing Celebration for Archon Dr. Jimmy James, Jr., a two-time fraternity brother (Omega & Boule) at Pearl Street AME Church.  The Jackson State family 'showed up & showed out' to pay tribute and homage to a legend of the University and Jackson community.  While the entire service was nice, truly a highlight for me and others, was listening to former students and friends play and sing, what a 'joyful noise' unto the Lord and clear expression of Dr. James' gift and service to JSU & humankind.
Today and every day, I thank God for this awesome career blessing and opportunity to continue to fulfil my call and purpose in life, higher education.  During my tenure at Jackson State, you will continuously hear, see and observe me emphasizing daily three foundational principles: 1) Student-Centeredness - putting students first and foremost; 2) Teamwork & Collegiality - removing silos and working across divisional & constituency lines; and 3) The Pursuit of Excellence - "raising the bar" educationally & operationally. 
Jackson State University is truly a diamond of higher education and the State of Mississippi, and I promise to 24/7/365 work for and cherish her as such. Together, WE will continue to enhance JSU and build upon the great work of our ancestors and predecessors at OUR "dear ole college home."
Hail, Hail to Thee,
William B. Bynum, Jr., Ph.D.
11th President
Jackson State University
"Look back and Thank God.  Look forward and Trust God. Look around and Serve God. Look within and Find God."  
Bynum is ready to lead JSU - Interview with Othor Cain
July 1, it's official, Bynum is JSU's 11th President. [comp]
Lindsey Horton retiring from position at JSU
Jackson State to Cut Budget and Borrow Money to Aid Finances
JSU_HCA wrote: Ok stop tthe D@M PRESS. Does no one see a problem here. OK JSU has $$issues, but you give the new guy a a $104K raise abovr the previous President who you claimed had steller record. This same increase is $150k more thanhe was makimg before. WHERE IS OUR ALUMNI LEADERS?? There is no way in hell it should have been thst big of a increase for this candidate. CLEAELY THE COLLEGE BOARD IS FULL OF IT AND DOING A NUMBER. This guy should have only gotten a $20K raise off the previous President salary whixh wpuld have put it his salary at $290,500.This a big boost of $65,500 from his salary at Valley. His contract shoild have been performace base to get him to $320k at least. So we need $ and that extra $84500 could have been in a special acccount for year or two to make $. JUST SAD

They cut men and women's golf to give Bynum a raise. I see it.
Jackson State to Cut Budget and Borrow Money to Aid Finances

Jackson State to Cut Budget and Borrow Money to Aid Finances

Jackson State University will cut its next budget by nearly 8 percent and borrow $6 million as it continues to work through a financial crisis.

June 15, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.


By JEFF AMY, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University will cut its next budget by nearly 8 percent and borrow $6 million as it tries to cut expenses and rebuild financial reserves.

The moves at Mississippi's largest historically black university went forward Thursday as College Board trustees approved budgets for all eight public universities for the upcoming year. The system's overall budget will fall by $30 million, or less than 1 percent, to $4.5 billion, largely because state appropriations have fallen. Universities started the current budget with $773 million in state aid, but after multiple cuts will start the 2018 budget on July 1 with $667 million.

The board also eliminated nine Jackson State academic departments through mergers and downgraded the School of Journalism and Media Studies to a department. Supporters of some units, including the Department of Speech Communications, had questioned the plan. That department will be merged with the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

The university is also laying off 42 non-faculty employees, suspending men's and women's golf teams for two years, and moving to close a branch campus in Madison. The cuts are supposed to save $2 million , after interim President Rod Paige earlier cut more than $4 million by eliminating vacant positions and curtailing travel spending.

"We've gotten a little bit off base in our eagerness to serve students, spending a little bit more than we should," Paige said of the departmental mergers.

The borrowing will repay Jackson State for money it spent on construction, equipment and software in recent years. A bank will loan the money to Jackson State for 10 years, charging 3.1 percent interest. Enhancing the school's financial breathing room, Jackson State will only pay interest for the first four years. Paige and interim Chief Financial Officer Marvel Turner said the $6 million will bolster reserves heading into next year, but said some money could pay bills at the end of the current budget.

 Spending in Jackson State's main budgets will fall by $12 million to $143 million next year. That's supposed to produce a surplus adding $3 million to reserves.

"We've stopped the bleeding," Turner said.

College Board officials said there could be more budget changes in August after an accounting firm ensures revenue and spending projections are accurate.

Former president Carolyn Meyers resigned last year, days after trustees intervened in Jackson State finances, citing dwindling cash reserves. Current Mississippi Valley State University President William Bynum was chosen by trustees last month as the new president over the objections of some faculty, students and alumni. He takes over from Paige on July 1. Minutes show trustees have agreed to boost Bynum's salary to $375,000 a year. Bynum now makes $225,000 at Valley, while Meyers was making $270,500 at Jackson State.

More Cuts-JSU Madison campus closes

Six hundred and seventy-one students reported for classes in the fall 2016 semester. Blanton said those enrollees have three avenues to complete their coursework. They can elect to take classes online or opt for instruction on site at JSU’s main or Holmes Community College Campus located in Ridgeland.

Interim President Rod Paige told The Clarion-Ledger in January that his team was evaluating the benefit-to-cost ratio of the university’s auxiliary facilities, including the Downtown Jackson campus, the Jackson Medical Mall Office, the E-Center on Raymond Road in Jackson and the Walter Payton Wellness Center on the main campus.

In 2013, JSU signed a 10-year, $1.5 million lease for the 8,600 square feet space with an annual amounts payable of over $100,000.

Blanton acknowledging that no decision has been made to shutter the site, confirmed that rent is still being paid to its developer.

An open question is whether the expansion once effused by previous leadership as visionary had turned into a money pit.

Jackson State University's Madison site in limbo, classes canceled for now

News on Presidential Search
YEQue wrote: Well, we're stuck with him, and I'm trying to figure on how to cope. I'm really interested in hearing what people on here think about this issue.

Miss. Valley is glad Bynum is leaving. Bynum is going to take JSU to church with his religious rants! [frown]
More Cuts-JSU Madison campus closes
BluTiger! wrote:

Well the Women's Golf Program was cut and one of our three Assistant Basketball Coaches position was cut.

More Cuts-JSU Madison campus closes
I wondering why there were no cuts in the Dept. of Athletics?
News on Presidential Search

Trustees now say they're going to consider changes in how they select campus leaders. But while unhappy Jackson State alumni say trustees should give each school's supporters more voice in choosing, the outcome could be just the opposite

Where the Jackson State selection began to run off the rails was when the eight campus members who took part in interviews all united behind JSU alumnus James T. Minor, a former deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs in President Barack Obama's administration and now a senior strategist with the California State University system.

Trustees didn't want to choose Minor or the other two finalists. Instead, they chose William Bynum, the current president of Mississippi Valley State University, who didn't get past the first round of interviews.

Bynum was attractive because he improved Valley's finances while reversing an enrollment decline that was imperiling Mississippi's smallest public university. A financial crisis at Jackson State is prompting layoffs and consolidations of academic departments after previous President Carolyn Meyers overspent revenue. So Bynum's financial record was clearly attractive. Plus, he was already known to the board.

Multiple people accused trustees of transferring Bynum as part of an effort to revive proposals to merge JSU, Valley and Alcorn State University. And it doesn't help the situation that none of the 12 trustees are alumni of the three universities.

Trustees are likely to discuss changes to presidential searches at their annual September retreat. And that will be none too soon, because now they must find a new leader for Valley.

News on Presidential Search

Some Mississippi Valley State alumni oppose William Bynum to be university's next president

  By The Associated Press
on October 07, 2013 at 8:52 PM, updated October 07, 2013 at 8:54 PM

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Some Mississippi Valley State University alumni are complaining about the nomination of William Bynum to be the university's next president.

Roosevelt Yarbrough, president of Valley's alumni association, said at a news conference he wants the school to be led by an alumnus, and says he's worried that Bynum doesn't have any experience working for public universities.

"Nobody's going to convince me we don't have qualified Valley grads out there who can lead the university in the way it needs to go," Yarbrough said Friday.

College Board officials announced Bynum was their sole finalist last week. On Tuesday, he's supposed to meet in Itta Bena with university groups, with trustees then voting on naming him.

Bynum was vice president of enrollment and student services at Morehouse College, but took a leave of absence from the historically black all-male college after a new president took over. Bynum says the friendly split came because the new president had different plans for the institution.


"It wasn't a good fit," Bynum said. "It happens all the time in higher education. You get a new president with a new vision."

Bynum said that Morehouse's new president, John Wilson, is supporting his bid to become president of Valley.

Morehouse did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

Yarborough said he's concerned that Bynum is coming from a private college. But Bynum said he worked for nine years at Lincoln University, a state-aided college in southeast Pennsylvania. He said that Valley supporters shouldn't be scared off by the fact that he attended Davidson College and Duke University, both selective schools in North Carolina.

"They have no idea that my background is quite different from the majority of people who attended those institutions," he said.

Alumni complained that Bynum had said Thursday when he was announced that he had consulted with other people about joining him at Valley. Bynum, though, said his first mission would be to listen to the university's students, faculty and supporters.

"I want to listen," he said. "I'm not coming in with any preconceived notions."

Yarborough complained that because the College Board won't say who the other candidates are, it makes it hard to judge whether Bynum was the best choice. Board members named Donna Oliver president in 2008, rejecting a group of that was pushing longtime veteran Valley administrator Roy Hudson. Oliver's contract was not renewed last year.

Valley is struggling with falling enrollment, and some of its buildings are in bad shape. One dormitory had to be closed recently after the bricks fell off it. Some alumni fear that the College Board is trying to neglect Valley to death, saying it's a stealth version of the proposal that Haley Barbour floated to merge Mississippi's three historically black colleges. That plan went nowhere in the Legislature.

"Are we in a mode where we're trying to close the university or are we in a mode where we're trying to enhance the university?" Yarborough asked.
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