Front row: Doris Ward, Rust College; Rodney Francis, Director, Human Resources Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant; Dr. Richard Alo, Jackson State University; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Hinds Community College Utica Campus; Steve Marsh, Vice President, Manufacturing Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant; Dr. David Beckley, Rust College (President); Dr. William Bynum, MS Valley State University (President); Back row: Yasmin Gabriel, Tougaloo College; Dr. Alfred Rankin, Alcorn State University (President); Dr. Val Towner, Coahoma Community College (President); Jeffrey Webster, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Nissan North America; Pam Confer, Director, Community Relations Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant.
Front row: Doris Ward, Rust College; Rodney Francis, Director, Human Resources Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant; Dr. Richard Alo, Jackson State University; Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Hinds Community College Utica Campus; Steve Marsh, Vice President, Manufacturing Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant; Dr. David Beckley, Rust College (President); Dr. William Bynum, MS Valley State University (President); Back row: Yasmin Gabriel, Tougaloo College; Dr. Alfred Rankin, Alcorn State University (President); Dr. Val Towner, Coahoma Community College (President); Jeffrey Webster, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Nissan North America; Pam Confer, Director, Community Relations Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant.
CANTON — Nissan officials announced Wednesday they were donating $250,000 to seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state in an effort to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives.

Wednesday’s donation brings the total invested to HBCUs by Nissan to over $1 million.

“Nissan recognizes that STEM education is critical to developing the next generation of innovators,” Jeffrey Webster, director of diversity and inclusion with Nissan North America, said. “We are proud of to continue our commitment to Mississippi’s HBCUs with another $250,000 grant this year.”

The seven schools receiving money include: Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College-Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College.