General Counsel

Contact 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 serves as General Counsel for UNC Greensboro. UNC Greensboro has more than 20,000 students and 2,800 faculty and staff. UNC Greensboro is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. UNC Greensboro takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university.

Jerry has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration, policy development and the providing of legal services, 14 of which as General Counsel for major institutions of higher education.  Jerry 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.  Jerry was appointed General Counsel for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in January 2017.

Jerry is a graduate of Princeton University from which he received his B.A. Degree in Political Science. Jerry was the 1976 recipient of the Princeton University Frederick Douglass Service Award for his community service. Jerry 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,and is a member of the North Carolina Bar.

Jerry is currently Chair of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Board of Directors. Other NACUA service includes serving as Chair of the Board’s Advisory Committee on Compliance, Chair of the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness, and Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Jerry 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.

Jerry is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and served as President of the Mu Kappa Lambda Chapter of the Fraternity. Jerry is currently a member of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of the Fraternity located in Greensboro, NC where he serves as Vice President of the Chapter.


Practice Groups
Business Transactions and Research, Technology
Real Property
Governance, Policy, Compliance and Risk Management

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

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

Frederick Douglass Service Award
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 2015 Distinguished Service Award
National Association of College and University Attorneys 2017 Distinguished Service Award

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