WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Cornell W. Jones, Mr. Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has won the 7th Annual Mr. Historically Black College and University (HBCU) title marking consecutive years that WSSU contestants have won.
Jones, a senior mass communication major from Manassas, VA and WSSU’s Mr. Ram 2010-2011, won out among a field of 12 contestants for the Mr. HBCU 2011-2012 crown. He precedes Davril T. Massey, an exercise science major and recent WSSU graduate from Waxhaw, NC, who was WSSU’s Mr. RAM 2009-2010.
Jones, a member of WSSU’ Honors College, has been on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters. He is the veteran leader of WSSU’s 2010 CIAA Champion Cross Country team and the WSSU Track & Field team. He also contributed to WSSU’s second place finish in the 2011 CIAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Jones will graduate in May.
The 7th Annual Mr. HBCU King’s Leadership Conference and Competition was held recently at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. Jones competed against campus kings from HBCUs located around the country. The competition included oratory, talent, ease of manner and projection, as well as a question and answer session. In addition to taking the overall title, Jones was awarded Mr. Talent for having the highest score in that particular competition.
Jones will receive a $1,500 scholarship and will make special appearances and presentations on behalf of HBCUs during his reign as Mr. HBCU 2011-2012.
The mission of the Mr. HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition is to enhance leadership skills for HBCU Kings by creating an infrastructure that enables them to develop as a spokesperson, a role model and a leader in their communities.
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 10 years (2001-2010). WSSU currently offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 master’s degree programs to a student population of more than 6,400.