George Gilliam

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George Gilliam
Miller Center of Public Affairs's senior fellow

Term Start 1972
Term End 1976

Biographical Information

Children Louise Gilliam
Carter Gilliam
Caroline Gilliam
George Harrison Gilliam Jr.
Residence Martha Jefferson Neighborhood
Alma mater Columbia University
University of Virginia School of Law
University of Virginia MA History
Profession Miller Center of Public Affairs's senior fellow
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

As of 2011, George Gilliam is the Miller Center of Public Affairs' Senior Fellow for National Engagement where he focuses on research, writing and special programming for the center. He was formerly Assistant Director for Public Programs at the Miller Center from 2004 to 2011.[1]


Gilliam graduated Columbia University in 1965 and moved to Charlottesville in 1965 to attend the University of Virginia's School of Law, and received his masters in history from U.Va. in 1997. After graduating in 1968, he became involved in local civic affairs. In 1968, he was the assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. [2]

He was elected to Charlottesville City Council in 1972, alongside Jill Rinehart and Mitch Van Yahres serving until 1976. In 1974 Gilliam had to recuse himself from the vote that created the Downtown Mall.[3] In addition to his work with the Miller Center, Gilliam also teaches Virginia history in the University of Virginia's history department. He has taught at Washington and Lee University and Piedmont Community College.[4]

Council legacy

Many things were accomplished during his tenure on Council. The McGuffey Arts Center was created from the abandoned McGuffey School. A city bus system was created, and city school buses began running for the first time.


  1. Print: Neighbors, , Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises 02/13/11, Page C4.
  2. Print: Trial Delayed in Lane Football Game Melee, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lindsay family November 1, 1968, Page 17.
  3. Web. Former Councilors share memories of early days of Downtown Mall, Sean Tubbs & Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 13, 2010, retrieved August 27, 2012.
  4. Web. George Gilliam, retrieved 02/28/11.