Archive | October 2013

Totten Inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame

Itottent was announced Wednesday that former Mississippi Valley State University quarterback and head coach Willie Totten will be inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame on March 1, 2014 in Atlanta.

The Class of 2014 includes six players and one coach. The inductees were selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee is comprised of black college football sports writers, analysts and commentators Roscoe Nance (Chairman), Donald Hunt, Ty Miller, Charlie Neal and Lloyd Vance former NFL General Managers Ernie Accorsi and Gil Brandt, long-time NFL scouts Charles Bailey and Charles Garcia, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, and historian Michael Hurd.

The Class of 2014 includes Robert Brazile (Jackson State University), Leroy Kelly (Morgan State University), John Stallworth (Alabama A&M University), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern University), Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State University), Doug Wilkerson (North Carolina Central University) as player inductees and Marino Casem (Alcorn State University) as a coach inductee.

These men will be honored at the Fifth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by the Atlanta Falcons on March 1, 2014. The event will take place at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with Black College Football weekend.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established to honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Each inductee’s college or university will receive a $5,000 grant to support continuing academic and athletic opportunities at their respective institutions.

About Totten
Quarterback, Mississippi Valley State University (1982-1985)
First Team All-American in 1984 … Set more than 50 Division I-AA passing records … Team averaged 59 points per game … Threw for a record 58 touchdowns in one year … Division I-AA’s all-time leader and ranks second in career passing yards (12,711) and single-season passing yards (4,557 in 1984) … Twice led the nation in passing efficiency … Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame (2005) … Buffalo Bills (1987) … One season … Played a season in CFL (Toronto Argonauts), and three seasons in Arena Football League (1988-1989, 1991) … Born July 4, 1962 in Leflore County, MS.

MVSU Names New President

Bynum Named President of Mississippi Valley State University

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced today the unanimous decision to name Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. as president of Mississippi Valley State University. With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Bynum served most recently a s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services at Morehouse College in Atlanta.“Dr. Bynum has extensive experience in higher education,” said Trustee Shane Hooper, chair of the Mississippi Valley State University Board Search Committee. “He understands the most pressing issues in higher education today and has the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to address them. With demonstrated leadership skills and a proven track record of increasing enrollment, he is the right person to serve as president of Mississippi Valley State University at this point in the institution’s history.”
While at Morehouse College, Dr. Bynum recruited students and implemented programs, initiatives and activities to support them and help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. In addition to serving as a faculty member in the Morehouse College Leadership Center and the Sociology Department, Dr. Bynum was responsible for 18 programmatic units, including Project Identity, a pre-college program, and the first Morehouse College Parents Council, which was formed under his leadership.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bynum has led special projects and initiatives related to enhancing retention and graduation rates and developed academic policies to help students achieve and shorten their path to completion. Prior to joining Morehouse College, Dr. Bynum served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania. During his tenure there, he implemented an Enrollment Management Model, recruited the four largest classes in the university’s 150-year history, and increased the overall student enrollment.
“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead Mississippi Valley State University,” said Dr. Bynum. “I grew up in a rural area of North Carolina that is very similar to the Mississippi Delta and understand the power that education has to change the lives of students and their families for generations to come. I look forward to working with the campus and community to enhance opportunities for students to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential at Mississippi Valley.”
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Dr. Bynum holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Davidson College and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology from Duke University, where he was a Duke Endowment Fellow. In addition, he was selected as one of the first 13 inaugural members of the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program in 2003. Funded through a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, the program is designed to train the next generation of college/university presidents for minority serving institutions.
Dr. Bynum has served as the Covington Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Davidson College, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Clark Atlanta University and Assistant Dean of Students at Davidson College. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Morehouse College in the Sociology Department and the Leadership Center. The Leadership Center trains students to be global, ethical leaders by teaching them leadership concepts and theories and then providing real life experiences where they can hone their leadership skills and abilities.
“Dr. Bynum was an effective leader at Morehouse,” said Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. “I expect that he will be a student-friendly president with an impressive vision and execution strategy for Mississippi Valley State University.”
Earlier today, Dr. Bynum met with campus constituency groups on the Mississippi Valley State University Campus in Itta Bena. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members were able to pose questions to him and share their thoughts and concerns with him. Attendees were able to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees. This feedback was reviewed during the Board Meeting on campus.
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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.
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