Lindsey Waldrep

Category: Spirit of a Volunteer

Waldrep Receives Second-Ever UT Spirit of a Volunteer Award

At the spring meeting of the Dean’s Advocacy Board of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, longtime board member Lindsey Waldrep was presented with UT’s Spirit of a Volunteer Award. She becomes the second recipient of the award, which honors non-alumni for their significant service to the university.

“Lindsey has served our board for six years as an industry partner representative of Crossville Inc., one of the college’s first industry partners,” said Jason Young, dean of the college. “She has been instrumental in providing access to industry expertise and opportunities for our students and arranging Crossville Inc.’s collaboration for faculty and students in the classroom. There were design competitions and industry events open to our students because of her sacrifice and service.

“She’s not a Volunteer with a capital V, but she has the same heart to serve others. We are proud to present her with a Spirit of a Volunteer Award from the university for her extraordinary service and her company’s impactful partnership with our college.”
As vice president of marketing at Crossville Inc, Waldrep leads the company’s marketing efforts. She has spent over 20 years in the communications field with flooring industry giants and was named to her current role with Crossville Inc. in 2011. She has been nationally honored for her exemplary career, including recognition as one Floor Covering News’ Top 35 Women in Flooring in 2021.

As Crossville Inc.’s representative on the Dean’s Advocacy Board of the College of Architecture and Design, Waldrep helped initiate a design competition for students that benefits Common Thread for the Cure, a nonprofit uniting the furnishing and design industries in the fight against breast cancer.

Waldrep explained a bit about what her board service has meant to her and to her industry.

“It’s been a joy to serve the College of Architecture and Design and a privilege to give back to the state I now call home,” she said. “As a Tennessee resident for over 20 years, I’ve come to realize how much the university means to fellow Tennesseans and the impact the college has on design both locally and globally. My board service has been extremely beneficial to the college and Crossville Inc. Students have greater access to industry resources and opportunities, and our company is able to feed the employment pipeline and help the university produce exceptional graduates that may one day work in the flooring and design industries.”

Thanks in great part to Waldrep’s efforts as company representative to the college, Crossville Inc. has provided expertise and feedback to students on their classwork through partnering with college design studios. The company has hosted students for factory tours where they were exposed to the company’s strong sustainability practices and processes. Additionally, Waldrep was integral to facilitating a gift from her company to the college that covered travel costs for students to attend a national design convention, NEOCON.

“I’ve volunteered my time to enable and enhance student education and to aid my industry and employer,” said Waldrep. “It wasn’t with the intent to receive an honor at the end, so I was totally surprised to receive a Spirit of a Volunteer Award from UT. Over the last six years, I really do feel that I have become a Tennessee Vol. Receiving this award is an acknowledgment that I have become a part of such an incredible piece of Tennessee. I am thankful to have played a part in making the Volunteer experience that little bit better for architecture and design students.”