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STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF DR. WILLIAM B. BYNUM, JR.
AS PRESIDENT OF JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
February 11, 2020

The Jackson State University Development Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that is organized and operated to serve as the official fundraising arm of Jackson State University (“JSU”).

The Foundation is disappointed by the turn of events that led to the resignation of Dr. William Bynum as President of JSU. We are confident, however, that JSU’s mission of challenging minds and changing lives will continue uninterrupted as it has since JSU was founded in 1877.

Likewise, please be assured that the Foundation’s mission will remain focused on working collaboratively with JSU to secure resources to support JSU student scholarships, JSU’s endowment, faculty and staff development, annual fund initiatives, and other JSU priorities. Dr. Bynum’s resignation will not deter our efforts and we ask that you keep these goals in mind as we continue to work together now and in the future to raise funds for the good of our students and “Thee I Love.”

Debra McGee, Foundation Board Chair

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JSU “Challenges Minds and Changes Lives” by producing technologically-advanced, diverse, ethical, global leaders who think critically, address societal problems and compete effectively.


WHO WE ARE

» OUR MISSION

The mission of the Jackson State University Development Foundation is to work collaboratively to secure financial resources to support its student scholarships, the endowment, faculty/staff development, annual fund, and other institutional priorities.

» OUR VISION

As leaders among their peers in higher education and philanthropy, Jackson State University and the Foundation are partners in marshaling resources to provide the University with the philanthropic assets necessary to achieve its aspirations.

» VALUE STATEMENT

The JSUDF adopts INDEPENDENT SECTOR’s statement of values as the highest expression of ethical principles guiding the nonprofit sector.

  • Commitment beyond self
  • Obedience to the laws
  • Commitment beyond the law, “obedience to the unenforceable”
  • Commitment to the public good
  • Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals
  • Tolerance, diversity, and social justice
  • Accountability to the public
  • Openness and honesty
  • Responsible stewardship

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