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Turner chooses Bynum to head cultural center

The Office of African-American Affairs added a new member to its office this summer, hiring Cornelius Bynum, a University alumnus and doctoral candidate, to serve as interim assistant dean and director of the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center.

Bynum is filling the position left vacant after the OAAA chose not to renew the contract of former assistant dean Ishmail Conway.

"Bynum is a wonderful addition to the Office of African-American Affairs," OAAA Dean M. Rick Turner said. "I have always wanted to have a U.Va. graduate in my office."

Bynum has two degrees from the University, a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in history. He is currently working on a doctorate in history.

Turner said he hired Bynum as an interim director because he was not satisfied with the candidates who applied for the new position.

"Bynum is a highly talented individual-he has done more in the time he has been here than previous directors," Turner said.

Bynum said he is looking to collaborate with various University institutions, including the libraries, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Historical Studies and the Bayly Art Museum.

"My primary responsibility is cultural programming," he said. "The OAAA has done a great job under Dean Turner's leadership. I want to help solidify the success they have already managed to achieve.

"I fully intend to be actively involved with helping student organizations, primarily African-American ones, to develop and implement their ideas," he added.