General Counsel

Image of Jerry BlakemoreContact Details
Direct: 336.334.3067
Fax: 336.256.0531

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Campus Address
123 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412

Jerry D. Blakemore has more more than 25 years’ experience in higher education administration, policy development and the providing of legal services, 12 of which as General Counsel for major institutions of higher education.  Mr. Blakemore served as Vice President and General Counsel at Southern Illinois University from July 2004 through March 2011 and as Vice President and General Counsel for Northern Illinois University from April 2011 to December of 2016.  Mr. Blakemore was appointed General Counsel for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in January 2017.

Mr. Blakemore is a graduate of Princeton University from which he received his B.A. Degree in Political Science. Mr. Blakemore was the 1976 recipient of the Princeton University Frederick Douglass Service Award for his community service. Mr. Blakemore is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, and is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as various Federal District and Appellate Courts.

Mr. Blakemore is currently Chair of the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness and is a former member of the Finance and Program Committees of The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), an association comprised of more than 4,600 attorneys, whose primary mission is to assist higher education attorneys in representing and advising their client institutions. Previous service in NACUA includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for six years, Chair of the Board’s Advisory Committee on Compliance and Secretary of the Board of Directors, and one of two higher education lawyers who served on the U.S. Department of Education’s Violence Against Women Act Negotiated Rule Marking.

Mr. Blakemore is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences including NACUA, the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) various universities and professional associations. He has published more than twenty-five professional papers focusing on compliance, ethics and governance issues.

Mr. Blakemore is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he has served as President of the Mu Kappa Lambda Chapter and Parliamentarian for the Alpha District of Illinois.

Practice Groups
Compliance and Risk Management
Governance and Policy

J.D., John Marshall Law School
B.A., Princeton University

United States Supreme Court
Illinois State Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division

Frederick Douglass Service Award

Professional Organizations
National Association of College and University Attorneys
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association