March 04, 2011

McLellan named interim general counsel

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard today (March 4) named Jeffrey C. McLellan as interim general counsel for the Southern Illinois University system.

McLellan fills the vacancy created last week by the resignation of former SIU General Counsel Jerry Blakemore. Since 2005 McLellan has served as senior associate general counsel at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, after serving as university attorney at Georgia Southern University for more than nine years.

McLellan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toledo, and a J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School Of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Georgia and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

“Jeff’s service to our university over the last six years has been exemplary,” Poshard said. “He is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, well versed in the legal and regulatory matters involved in the practice of public higher education law.”

McLellan’s appointment will be approved at the April meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees. He will serve in an interim capacity until a search can be conducted for a permanent replacement.

(For more information, contact Dave Gross, Office of the President, 217/545-8080.)