CIAA Board of Directors Vote To Re-Admit WSSU

Oct. 2, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (CIAA) Board of Directors voted today to reinstate Winston Salem State University (WSSU) as a member of the Division II Conference, renewing the rich 61-year history shared between the Conference and the University.


The CIAA will welcome Winston-Salem State University back into its membership following a four-year absence during which the Rams explored the possibility of transitioning to NCAA Division I classification.  The university’s intercollegiate athletic program now will compete at the NCAA Division II level, effective with the 2010-11, season following official certification from the NCAA.  WSSU currently sponsors 15 athletic programs, each of which are in line with championship offerings of the CIAA. 


“Today’s announcement by the CIAA board of directors to reinstate WSSU as a member of the conference helps to provide a direction for the future of our athletic program,” said Tonia Walker, interim athletic director at WSSU.  “Having a home in the CIAA for our athletic department as we move to reclassify the program and realign the department within full compliance of NCAA Division II mandates is certainly a positive.  It affords us the opportunity to receive the benefit of a conference schedule, and gives our student-athletes the opportunity to compete for conference and national championships.”


Winston-Salem State University began their membership in the CIAA in 1945 and experienced great success in their 61 years of conference membership that included 10 conference men’s basketball titles, eight conference football championships, nine CIAA wrestling titles, five women’s softball championships, six men’s golf titles and a pair of track and field championship honors.


About Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, NC.  WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South -- Bachelor’s Category for the last nine years (2001-2009).  WSSU currently offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 master’s degree programs to a student population of more than 6,400.  For more information, visit


About the CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is based in Hampton, Virginia.  The CIAA is America’s oldest historically black college and university conference and is made up of 11 HBCUs situated along the Eastern Seaboard.  For more information about the CIAA, visit