Tonia G. Walker

Position: Athletic Director Department: Athletics

Contact Info

Office: Blair Hall, Room 200 Phone: 336-750-2147

Biography

Tonia Walker was named Director of Athletics on April 30, 2014. She had been serving as interim Athletic Director since March 1, 2014 and had previously served as interim Director for nearly a year in 2009.

Mrs. Walker joined the WSSU athletics staff in August 2000 as Assistant Director and Head Coach for volleyball. In 2002, she resigned her coaching duties to focus on her administrative role. Walker began her career in athletics in 1993 at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) headquarters.

As associate director of athletics for Winston-Salem State, Walker was responsible for the internal operations of the department and was instrumental in fundraising efforts, the implementation of CHAMPS/Life skills programming, the Rams leadership Academy and other initiatives that supported the development of the student athletes and the athletics staff.

Walker has served on numerous committees both nationally and for the university, including serving in various positions with the CIAA and serving on the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. She is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and of the Minority Opportunities Association, as well as the Black College Coaches and Administrators Association.

Named the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator for 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, Walker was one of eight participants from throughout the country selected for the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program. She is a graduate of the NACWAA HERS Institute and Executive Institute and was the 2008 recipient of the NACWAA Nell Jackson Award given annually to an athletic administrator who is a strong leader and an advocate for gender equity.

While earning her degree at Hampton University, Walker was a two-sport athlete, playing both basketball and softball.

Educational Background

  • BA, Hampton University, Speech and Language Disorders
  • MS, Old Dominion University, Sports Management