William Walton, vice president of the Honda Power Equipment division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has been appointed to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Board of Directors.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization representing publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships.

Walton is a graduate of Morehouse College, an HBCU, and leads the development of strategic business vision and direction for Honda’s power equipment division. His career at Honda has spanned more than 20 years, during which he has served in a broad range of capacities and leadership positions including automotive service, parts and product planning operations, in addition to his current role in leading the power equipment division of American Honda. 

“Support for HBCUs is in my DNA, and it’s a great honor to represent Honda within a world-class organization like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” said Walton. “Honda has close ties with HBCUs through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, and we’re committed to strengthening opportunities for top students at HBCUs.”

Honda established a new partnership with TMCF last year by starting an annual scholarship program to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields.

“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund will benefit greatly from having such a dynamic global corporate leader like William Walton serve on our Board of Directors,” said TMCF Board Chairman, Charles Merinoff. “I look forward to working with William to expand the reach, impact, and opportunities of our students enrolled at our nation’s publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), which incorporates TMCF’s 47 member-schools and nearly 300,000 diverse students.”

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work.