RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 25, 2006) — Dr. Larry D. Terry, a highly regarded administrator and scholar at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been appointed the university’s vice president for business affairs, a position he had held on an interim basis for the past eight months.
Terry was named the university’s chief financial and business officer by UTD President Dr. David E. Daniel following a national search to replace Robert L. Lovitt, who retired from UTD last May 31. Terry’s appointment is effective Feb. 1.
“Dr. Terry has proven himself to be highly capable while serving as acting head of business affairs,” said Daniel. “He has demonstrated that he is an effective, creative administrator who works well with the full range of UTD constituencies and understands the academic needs and mission of the university.
“His selection is an acknowledgement of both his skills and his unique familiarity with both the administrative and academic sides of the university,” said Daniel. “I am confident that Larry will be an outstanding leader of the Office of Business Affairs.”
“I greatly appreciate the confidence that Dr. Daniel has shown in me,” Terry said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Business Affairs to help UTD continue to advance among the ranks of the nation’s top research universities.”
For the past eight months, Terry has filled the dual roles of interim vice president for business affairs and executive vice provost for academic affairs. With his new appointment, he will relinquish the duties of the latter position. He will remain a tenured, full professor in the School of Social Sciences.
The Office of Business Affairs is responsible for administering UTD’s operating budget, which exceeds $264 million in the current fiscal year. It also directs the activities of a number of departments involved in the day-to-day operation of the university, including the Office of the Budget, Controller’s Office, Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Police Department and Procurement Services. The office employs more than 280 people.
Under Terry’s leadership, the office has launched an ambitious effort to upgrade campus facilities in order to make them safer, more efficient and more attractive. Among these projects are improvements to the campus mall, renovations to classrooms and other buildings and the expansion of the campus police force.
Terry, who joined UTD in 2001, is an international authority in the field of public administration and an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration. In recent years, he has served as editor of the prestigious scholarly journal Public Administration Review, which is based at UTD.
Terry earned a Ph.D. degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.S. degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.