(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Agnes Scott College, Salem College and Wesleyan College have been accepted to join the Conference as full members. These three single-gender, all-female, institutions will begin USA South play during the 2016-17 academic year. All three institutions currently compete in the Great South Athletic Conference.
"We are delighted that Agnes Scott College, Salem College and Wesleyan College are going to be joining the USA South," said Dr. Jennifer Braaten, President of Ferrum College and Chair, USA South Presidents Council. "They are the types of institutions we like to have in our Conference in terms of compatibility, competitiveness and their emphasis on values and academics. We feel like these additions solidify the Conference's strength and growth."
"We proudly welcome Agnes Scott College, Salem College and Wesleyan College as members of the USA South", stated Rita Wiggs, USA South Commissioner. "They exemplify the pillars of the Division III and USA South philosophy of academic excellence, personal development, athletic competition and sportsmanship. We look forward to their coaches and student-athletes competing in the USA South."
Agnes Scott, founded in 1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women located in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The Scotties currently offer six sports (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball).
"All of us are very excited to join the USA South," shared Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College. "The Conference is strong, stable and collegial. This is a great day for The College as a whole."
Salem, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and founded in 1772, is the oldest women's college by founding date. Salem is a liberal arts college for women which values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential and prepares them to change the world. The Spirits currently offer seven sports (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and track & field).
"We are thrilled to be joining the USA South," said Dr. Lorraine Sterritt, President of Salem College. "It was so important for us to be in the right Conference. We pride ourselves on serious academics and athletics at Salem so this feels like a perfect match."
Wesleyan, located in Macon, Georgia and chartered in 1836, was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. Wesleyan is anchored in tradition, guided by an innovative spirit and takes its role as a pioneer in women’s education seriously. The Wolves currently offer five sports (basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball).
"We are thrilled to have been accepted as a member of the USA South," stated Dr. Ruth Knox, President of Wesleyan College. "We have a lot in common with the institutions and look forward to being good members in a competitive conference."