Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has joined the staff of Georgetown College as general counsel and special assistant to the president.
Newberry will also serve on the College’s Executive Cabinet, according to William H. Crouch, Jr., Georgetown College President, who announced Newberry’s appointment.
“Jim Newberry has been associated with GC for many years as a legal advisor,” said Crouch. “We are delighted he now joins our team to continue providing legal assistance and also to be a part of our strategic thinking team.”
Newberry is a native of Hiseville, Kentucky. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from the University of Kentucky. While an undergraduate, he served as student body president and as a member of the UK Board of Trustees. He served as a member of the University Of Kentucky Athletic Association Board Of Directors, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and served as president of Omicron Delta Kappa.
Jim began his legal career in 1981. He has practiced with various firms in Lexington, concentrating his efforts on representing a variety of small and medium-sized businesses, and he practiced as in-house counsel for Airdrie Stud, one of Kentucky’s largest thoroughbred farms.
In private practice, Jim periodically represented the University of Kentucky, Berea College, Transylvania University and Kentucky State University. He served as counsel to Georgetown College during its negotiations to restructure its relationship with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Jim served as managing partner or partner-in-charge of the Lexington office at three separate law firms during his career.
GC’s new General Counsel has also been involved in the public sector, serving as an Executive Officer in the Office of the Lt. Governor of Kentucky, and as Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection before serving as Mayor of Lexington.
"These are exciting times for higher education generally and for Georgetown College in particular,” said Newberry. “I’m delighted to participate with Dr. Crouch and the Georgetown faculty, staff and students in making Georgetown the preeminent Christian-based liberal arts college in America."
Jim and his wife, Cheryl Ann, have two sons, Drew, 12, and Will, 11. They are all members of Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, where both Jim and Cheryl Ann have served as deacons. Jim has also served as Calvary’s Deacon Board Chair.