Governor Gerald L. Baliles, served as the 65th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. His tenure as governor capped a career in public service that included serving as the attorney general of Virginia (1982-85) and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1976-82). After leaving public office, he entered private law practice as an international trade and aviation partner in the firm of Hunton & Williams, LLP, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
A member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Richmond Bar Association, Baliles was admitted to practice at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves on the corporate board of Altria Group, Inc., has chaired the board of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, and served on the board of the Norfolk Southern Corporation for 23 years. He has chaired the National Governors Association, and he chaired the Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry for the President and Congress. He also chaired PBS for two terms. Throughout much of his life in public service he was at the forefront of activities related to preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Always a champion of education, he founded the Patrick County Education Foundation and served as chairman of the Commission on the Academic Presidency and for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ Task Force on the State of the Presidency in Higher Education. Most recently, Governor Baliles was the Director and CEO of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia,
In addition to eleven honorary degrees, Baliles holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.
Having retired in 2014, Governor Baliles and his wife Robin divide their time between their home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Baliles ancestral home in Patrick County, Virginia.