Leading Public Affairs Expert Dr. Larry D. Terry Joins UT Dallas as Associate Provost, Professor of Public Administration
Scholar Bringing Leading Academic Journal, Staff With Him

Dr. Larry D. Terry, a leading public affairs expert and editor of the prestigious scholarly journal Public Administration Review (PAR), has joined The University of Texas at Dallas as associate provost and professor of public administration.

UT Dallas President Dr. Franklyn Jenifer said Terry, formerly assistant dean for graduate programs and professor of public administration in the Maxine Goodman College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, is expected to play a key role in the expansion of UT Dallas’ burgeoning public affairs program.

While at Cleveland State, Terry had administrative responsibility for the college of Urban Affairs’ Ph.D. program, as well as four master degree programs (Public Administration, Urban Planning, Design and Development, Environmental Studies and Urban Studies). During his tenure, enrollment in the college’s graduate programs grew significantly and Terry led a successful effort to increase the number of minority graduate students. He also was instrumental in securing Cleveland State’s standing as the second-ranked school in the public administration specialty area of city management and urban policy, behind The University of Kansas.

Terry will continue to serve as editor of PAR while at UT Dallas and will bring the publication and its staff with him to Texas. PAR, the oldest scholarly journal of public administration, is widely recognized as the top periodical in its field.

“Leading public affairs programs are essential to the analysis, development, implementation and evaluation of public policies,” said UT Dallas Provost Dr. Hobson Wildenthal. “We’re thrilled to welcome someone with Dr. Terry’s credentials to our campus and believe he will be instrumental in enabling us to achieve the goal of making UT Dallas’s public affairs program a standout.”

Terry said he “welcomed the opportunity to work with the excellent faculty and staff in UT Dallas’ School of Social Sciences, specifically within the public affairs program.”

Terry’s peers have repeatedly recognized him as a leader in his field. Most recently, Terry won the American Society for Public Administration’s 2000 Presidential Citation of Merit Award for his leadership of Public Administration Review. He also was given the Conference of Minority Public Administrators Citation of Merit Award for his contributions to the field of public administration. In addition, he received the Alumni Outstanding Professional Accomplishment Award from the College of Architecture at Virginia Tech. In 1999, Terry was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Terry is the recipient of the American Society for Public Administration’s 1996-1997 William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award. This prestigious and highly competitive award recognizes the best article by an academician published in PAR.

In addition to his academic career, Terry has held a variety of administrative and staff positions at the federal, state and local government levels, and has served as a consultant and trainer to such diverse organizations as the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Forest Service and the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) National Headquarters.

Terry currently is writing a book titled, Administrative Interpretation of Law: How Public Administrators Create Meaning (under contract with Georgetown University Press).

Terry received his Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of The Leadership of Public Bureaucracies: The Administrator As Conservator (Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage Publications, 1995), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

About UT Dallas

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 more than 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate 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 UT Dallas, please visit the university’s web site at

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