Gerald L. Baliles
Governor Baliles is Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges. Based at the University of Virginia, with offices in Charlottesville and in Washington DC, the Miller Center is committed to work grounded in rigorous scholarship and advanced through civil discourse.
Governor Baliles previously served as a Virginia legislator, Attorney General (Outstanding Attorney General in 1985) and Governor (1986-1990). During his tenure as Governor, he served as Chairman of the National Governors Association. As a partner at the law firm of Hunton and Williams, he chaired the section on international law, and practiced aviation law, as well as chaired such national and regional entities as the Presidentially-appointed Commission on Airline Competitiveness, the Southern States Energy Board, the Chesapeake Bay Blue Ribbon Panel, the Education Quality Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board, the AGB Commission on Academic Presidency, and the AGB Commission on the State of the Presidency in Higher Education. He serves on the Boards of Altria and Norfolk Southern, is on the board of the Council on the Study of the Presidency and Congress, served as Chairman of PBS for multiple terms, and has served on several other civic and corporate Boards, including Newport News Shipbuilding, the Nature Conservancy in Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. He holds honorary degrees from eleven institutions of higher education.
Governor Baliles and his wife Robin reside in Charlottesville, Virginia.