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Prior to joining The Mayor’s cabinet in 2012, Terry was President & Chief Executive Officer of the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis. While at The Walker, she re-introduced the performing arts season and arts programming for the Theatre and increased grants and donations by more than 60%.
Terry came to The Walker from Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie. As President & CEO at Cornerstone, Terry was instrumental in increasing the visibility of the arts in East Central Indiana. She also held administrative and teaching positions at Ball State University and Chicago State University.
Terry served as President of the Indiana Coalition for the Arts, has been recognized by the National Dance Association, and has received two Mayor’s Community Service Awards, the Indiana Community Arts Leadership Award, the Athena Award from Women in Business, Inc., the Indiana Women of Achievement Award for Community Service and the Center for Leadership Development’s Arts Achievement Award.
Terry has served on the following Boards: Chamber of Commerce of Muncie & Delaware County; Girl Scouts of Central Indiana; Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County; American Heart Association; VSA Arts of (Muncie) Indiana; and Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
Terry earned a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University, and a Masters degree from UCLA. She completed post-graduate work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Harvard University, and received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Newburgh Theological Seminary.