The athletics director at Winston-Salem State University is stepping down.  Tonia Walker's last day will be Thursday.

Walker began at WSSU in 2000 as the Ram's women's volleyball coach. She's been the head of the school's athletics program since 2014.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Walker hasn't given a specific reason for her resignation, other than it's time to step away from the university where she's been for 18 years.

She has been dealing with multiple sclerosis since 2010, but says her resignation is not health-related.

In 2016, Walker was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year, and the National Association For College Athletics Administrators 2016 Administrator of the Year.

Chancellor Elwood Robinson released a statement saying Walker did an exceptional job, noting that WSSU is currently one of two schools within the CIAA with a woman at the helm of its athletic program.

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