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Former Lexington Mayor Newberry leaving Georgetown College for law firm

Jim Newberry, who was mayor of Lexington from 2007 to 2010, was one of three finalists for president of Georgetown College.
Jim Newberry, who was mayor of Lexington from 2007 to 2010, was one of three finalists for president of Georgetown College. Lexington Herald-Leader

Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry is leaving his post as general counsel at Georgetown College to join a Lexington law firm.

Newberry will start at Steptoe & Johnson in February, according to a news release from Georgetown College on Wednesday. He will work to expand the firm's existing higher-education practice, along with other areas.

Newberry, who was Lexington's mayor from 2006 to 2010, joined Georgetown College in 2012. He was special assistant to the president, general counsel and chief development officer. Last year, he became a finalist for the president's job, but he dropped out of the search before the job was given to Dwaine Greene.

Georgetown officials credited Newberry with a 39 percent increase in donations in 2013 over the previous year.

"I have enjoyed my time at Georgetown College, a place that provides a superb academic experience and a Christian learning environment for its students," Newberry said. "I am particularly grateful for the chance to work with many wonderful alumni and friends of the college over the last several months."

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