Jackson State to use $23 million appropriation for campus improvements

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Jackson State University is set to acquire $23 million to finalize renovations on residential spaces while also improving other campus facilities.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’ signature of Senate Bill 2468 appropriates the large sum of money to the university. Jackson State officials plan to use the funds to finalize renovations at McAllister-Whiteside Hall, a women’s residential unit that has not been utilized since 2021.

Additionally, a portion of the money is expected to help support water infrastructure improvements for vital campus buildings. Officials are currently vetting the use of above-ground water storage tanks to ensure a reliable water supply in the event of an emergency.

“We greatly appreciate our appropriation and the invaluable support of Gov. Reeves, our legislators, policymakers, and stakeholders,” Jackson State President Marcus L. Thompson said. “This infusion of resources will enhance the educational experiences and quality of life for our current and prospective students. We look forward to ongoing collaboration to amplify Jackson State’s standing as a world-class institution.”

Thompson plans to share further details of the university’s planned infrastructure and expansion projects, along with his vision for Jackson State, at a date to be determined.

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