CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Williamson, the Interim Director of Athletic Communications at Harvard from February 2013 to May 2013, has been named the Director of Athletic Communications, the university announced Thursday. Williamson has been with the Harvard office of athletic communications since December 2007.
"We are quite pleased to promote Tim into this position of leadership," said Senior Associate Director of Athletics Patricia Henry. "As he has taken on various assignments, Tim has proven that he is capable of directing and leading Harvard's Athletic Communications department. We are fortunate to have Tim's skill, work ethic and enthusiasm to help us accomplish our mission."
In his time with Harvard, Williamson has overseen the publicity for a number of Harvard's teams and is responsible for updating GoCrimson.com, writing, designing and editing publications such as media guides and game programs, creating video highlights for assigned Harvard teams and working to keep Harvard athletics prominent in the local, regional and national media. Williamson also oversees Harvard's social media efforts, using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to promote Harvard athletics. In addition to his role in athletic communications, Williamson currently serves on the athletic department's Social Media and Student-Athlete Development committees.
In his current role, Williamson works directly with the nationally prominent football and men's basketball teams, as well as the women's soccer and women's lacrosse programs and the golf and fencing teams. During the 2011-12 season, Williamson led the public relations effort for the men's basketball team, as the Crimson advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946 and earned the program's first national ranking.
In May 2008, Williamson served as the press box coordinator helping oversee 300 media members for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships held at Gillette Stadium. He worked in a similar capacity at the 2009 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships and was the media coordinator at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships and the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. In May 2012, Williamson also served as the media coordinator for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium.
He was honored by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, as the Sports Information Director of the Year for the 2009 women's season.
Before coming to Harvard, he spent one year as the Assistant Director of Media Relations at Columbia University where he was the sports information contact for baseball, wrestling, field hockey, cross country and track & field.
A 2004 graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in United States history, he later earned his M.A. in United States history from B.C. in 2005. Upon graduation, Williamson worked as the Weekend Assignment Editor at New England Cable News until 2006. After his stint at NECN, he entered the sports information field as an intern at Boston College. Williamson worked as the secondary contact for football and served as the primary contact for softball, cross country, track & field and golf.
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Williamson currently resides with his wife, Christine, and two dogs, Malfi and Jake, in Stoughton, Mass.