James (Jesh) Humphrey IV has been appointed vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, effective July 1.
Humphrey has been a member of the Office of Legal Affairs staff for almost 10 years, as assistant, associate, senior associate and deputy general counsel. For a short period in 2011, he served as chief legal counsel for the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and assistant vice president for legal affairs at UNC General Administration.
“Jesh’s appointment has been approved with enthusiasm by the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. He has my full confidence as he assumes this most important leadership role as vice chancellor and general counsel and as a key member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet,” said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois.
During his time at UNC Charlotte, Humphrey has handled a wide variety of legal and policy issues related to constitutional law, institutional governance, litigation management and dispute resolution, federal and state compliance, intercollegiate athletics, real estate and construction, environmental health and safety, campus security and risk management, contract review and negotiation, employment discrimination, open meetings and public records and gender equity and sexual harassment. He also served as chair of the Chancellor’s Campus Safety and Security Committee from 2012 to 2015.
Prior to the University, Humphrey was an associate with the Charlotte law firm of Helms Mullis and Wicker PLLC (now McGuireWoods LLP), where he worked with corporate clients and cases affecting nonprofit and higher education institutions.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Humphrey completed a J.D. (with honors) from UNC Chapel Hill.
He succeeds the retiring David Broome.