William M. "Bill" Lear Jr. was elected to Keeneland's board of directors and appointed a Keeneland trustee April 15 during the board's semi-annual meeting. He succeeds William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, who died April 3.
Louis Lee Haggin III and William S. Farish also serve as Keeneland trustees.
Lear has deep ties to Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry, currently serving as chair of the board of directors of Stoll Keenon Ogden, longtime legal counsel for the racetrack. Lear also has represented the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and several Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms.
"This is a bittersweet occasion for me," Lear said. "I am truly honored to have been chosen as trustee, but deeply saddened by the events that prompted my election. Buddy Bishop was a dear friend and a stalwart in the horse industry. The best tribute I can pay him will be to serve in a fashion that would make him proud."
Lear brings to his new positions with Keeneland an exceptional diversity of experience gained during a career as an attorney, Kentucky state representative, and prominent civic leader. As a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office, Lear is one of Kentucky’s leading practitioners in the areas of real estate development law, municipal law, and economic development incentives.