SIU's president taps interim general counsel -

SIU's president taps interim general counsel

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- The Southern Illinois University system has a new interim chief legal officer.

SIU President Glenn Poshard says Jeffrey McLellan is the temporary replacement to Jerry Blakemore, who has left his job as SIU's vice president and general counsel to take a similar position at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Blakemore had held the SIU post since 2005. McLellan served as senior associate general counsel at SIU's Edwardsville campus. Before that, McLellan had been Georgia Southern University's attorney for more than nine years.

McLellan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, and he has masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo. He also has a University of Georgia law degree.

McLellan's appointment will be approved at a meeting later this month of SIU's trustees.

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