T. Lynn Williamson Named Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award Winner

Feb. 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. - T. Lynn Williamson, longtime University of Kentucky cheerleading advisor and current Senior General Counsel for the UK Legal Office has been named the winner of the 2015 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award, it was announced on Friday morning.

Williamson has served in various capacities in his 40 years at the university, including helping guide the nationally-renowned UK cheerleading squad to 27 national championships. Williamson has also served as Hearing Officer for various university appeals processes, chair of the Personnel Council, chair of the Wage and Salary Committee, chair of the Health Insurance Committee, Member of the Executive Committee as well as treasurer and President of the campus' Boone Center.

"T. Lynn is especially deserving of this award," Feamster said."He initiated and is a founding board member of the American Cheerleaders Association and Advisors. He has been a leading advocate of safety and the education of liability and risk management for cheerleading. His long term commitment, over 38 years, to the development of cheerleading activity has been remarkable He has set the standard for excellence and safety as evidenced by UK's 28 national championships and has earned the respect of his peers, nationwide."

Professionally, Williamson is a member of the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and Fayette County Bar Association. He holds Bachelor of Arts (English, 1968) and Juris Doctor (Law, 1974) degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Past winners of the Trailblazer Award include Gloria Singletary, Majorie Ann Porter, Ceal Barry, Valerie Still and Pat Dawson.

Williamson has been with the University of Kentucky since 1973, having served for eight years in the Student Affairs Division. From the fall of 1983 until 1994, he served as Administrator for Personnel Policy and Procedure. From January of 1994 to June of 1999, he has served as Associate Director for Human Resources (HR) but was acting assistant to the Vice President for University Relations from July 1997 until February 1998. From October 1999 until 2004, he was Director of Human Resources.

In a volunteer capacity, Williamson has served as Advisor to the University's Cheerleading Program since the 1977-78 season. Under Williamson's leadership, the Kentucky Cheerleading program has placed in the top 10 in Universal Cheerleaders Association's National College Cheerleading Championships for 31 consecutive years, having won UCA's National Championship 20 times.

In the 1980's, he was one of the first leaders of a college cheer program to recognize and promote the athleticism in cheerleading. Williamson served as a founding board member of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) and continues to serve on the Board today. He serves on AACCA's National Consortium on Safety. Numerous articles on cheerleading matters by Williamson have been published in sports and cheerleading publications. He has made presentations on cheerleading topics at conferences, camps, and state and national meetings. As an attorney, he often speaks on risk management and the liability aspects of cheerleading.

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