OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ A University of Mississippi associate vice chancellor resigned after he and his wife were arrested for shoplifting, a school official said.

Jerry Lee Westbrook and his wife, Catherine, were charged with stealing a pair of jeans, a strand of red beads for decorating a Christmas tree, a shirt and a coat from a department store, court records showed.

Westbrook, 53, submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 31, on Monday, said university spokesman Ed Meek. Westbrook resigned as associate vice chancellor for student affairs, citing ''personal reasons.''

''Jerry was an effective administrator,'' Meek said. ''It distresses me to learn that he is in this situation.''

Westbrook and his 48-year-old wife were freed on $900 bond each after their arrest Dec. 8 in Tupelo, a city court clerk said Friday. The case was scheduled for a court hearing Feb. 6.