Winston-Salem State University

WSSU narrows AD search down to three finalists


Winston-Salem State has narrowed down to three finalists for Director of Athletics position.

Winston-Salem State University’s nearly year long-stint without a permanent director of athletics appears to be coming towards an end.

WSSU has narrowed its search down to three finalists to fill the position vacated by Tonia G. Walker last May. The finalist include two administrators from other HBCUs as well as a former AD.

Dr. Paula L. Jackson is currently the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women Administrator at Hampton University. She has extensive experience at HBCUs prior to Hampton, having worked at Alabama State, Mississippi Valley State, Savannah State, Lincoln (Mo.) and Clark Atlanta. A graduate of Southern University and Clark Atlanta University, she previously served as AD at Lincoln University.

Bluefield College AD John D. Lewis is also up for the position. He served as the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Alcorn State University prior to coming to BSC in 2016. He has a background in sponsorship sales, marketing and promotions.

Dr. Enzely Mitchell IV is currently the sports management chair at Bethel University. A former basketball coach and sports information director, he previously served as Director of Athletics at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked at Ball State before coming to Bethel.

The candidates will visit WSSU starting on April 22, 2019. As part of the visit, each will give a one-hour formal campus presentation. Lewis (April 22) will go first followed by Mitchell (April 24) and Jackson (April 29).

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