Maysville Community and Technical College is pleased to announce the employment of Deborah L. Williamson as Project Director of the I-TRAIN Project.
Williamson earned her bachelors degree in anthropology from Northern Kentucky University in 1982, a masters in anthropology from University of Cincinnati in 1985 and her doctorate in sociology with a secondary area in education policy from the University of Kentucky in 2000.
Prior to joining Maysville Community and Technical College, she served the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts for two decades in a variety of capacities. She began as an intake officer for the Department of Juvenile Services in 1988. In 1998, the Chief Justice appointed her general manager of the department.
During her tenure, Williamson was instrumental in securing funding for the first case management system in Juvenile Services; successfully merged Jefferson and Fayette County contract programs into the state Court Designated Worker Program umbrella; and instituted several nationally recognized civic and law-related education programs. The civic and law-related education series she implemented and administered includes: Teen Court, We the People, Project Citizen, Street Law, Teens, Crime and Communities and Civitas, an international civic education and exchange program. Williamson served as general manager of Juvenile Services until 2003.
From fall of 2003 until February 2006, Williamson served as a grant specialist for the Office of Budget and Policy where she researched and compiled grants and cooperative agreements for judges, clerks and court managers on a statewide basis.
Prior to her appointment as Executive Officer of the Department of Court Services in February 2008, Williamson was the general manager of the Office for Judicial Branch Education. Under her leadership of the department, Williamson revitalized judicial education by providing cutting-edge research and education for members of the judiciary and professional training for circuit clerks, deputy clerks, trial commissioners, domestic relations commissioners and other support staff of the Judicial Branch.
In addition to her work with the Kentucky Court of Justice, Williamson periodically serves as adjunct professor at area universities where she teaches courses in delinquency and criminology. In spring 2010 she was asked to teach a course at the University of Kentucky entitled Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System. She has also taught courses devoted to education and citizenship in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland and Northern Ireland.
She is a long-standing member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators and serves on their publications committee.Williamson can be reached on the Maysville Campus at 606 759-7141 extension 66277.