Dr. Larry Terry

Dallas - (March 2, 2018) – The University of North Texas at Dallas today announced that Dr. Larry D. Terry, II, the founding Director of the Urban SERCH Institute, and Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Public Leadership, will be leaving the university to become director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. Terry assumes the role July 1, 2018. He also will hold a courtesy appointment in the Batten School of Public Policy at Virginia.

Bob Mong, UNT Dallas president, expressed his congratulations regarding the appointment. 

“Dr. Terry has been a leader in community engagement and connectedness for UNT Dallas – we’re going to miss his vision and commitment to both our students and the community at-large. The University of Virginia is one of world’s great universities, and it makes us proud to see UVA come to UNT Dallas to fill such an important leadership position. We wish Dr. Terry the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Over the last four years, Terry has made it his mission to improve the lives of citizens in the Dallas region and the state of Texas, creating practical partnerships with elected officials, public servants, and community leaders to address poverty and other community issues.  The linchpin in his programming is the SERCH Institute— Service, Education and Research for Communities with Hope. SERCH houses University-led projects that fulfill UNT Dallas’ mission to be a catalyst in its community’s transformation, by creating partnerships with organizations ranging from the City of Dallas to the YMCA to local urban farmers.  Under Terry’s leadership, last year SERCH launched the Community Leadership Academy, the nation’s first peer-based citizen police officer leadership training program. 

Dr. Terry also serves as the program coordinator for one of the nation’s few Master of Science in Public Leadership programs, with a focus on “real world” perspectives and experiences. 

“Thank you to President Bob Mong and thank you to all of my colleagues at UNT Dallas and within the Dallas community for your support and partnership,” Terry said. “I need to extend a special thank you to the SERCH team, specifically Kelly Varga, Priya Eimerbrink, Julie Siddique, and Janiece Upshaw, whose commitment and effort are unmatched. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished together at UNT Dallas. The Urban SERCH Institute was birthed here after a simple discussion of ‘what if?’, and it has grown to something world-changing, bolstered by a public leadership program that is preparing the region’s next great leaders. It is my hope that the things we have started here continue to support and empower our surrounding communities for years to come.”

Prior to joining UNT Dallas, Terry was an assistant professor in the School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, and an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State in Phoenix, Arizona.   Terry holds a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MPA in Public Administration from San Diego State University, and a BA in Black Studies from UC-Santa Barbara.