Dr. LeRodrick Terry is an experienced leader and innovator in higher education. His professional track record speaks to student advocacy and results-oriented leadership geared toward supporting student success in the 21st century. Dr. Terry currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Rio Salado College (AZ). Terry is the Chief Student Affairs Officer of the institution. The duties of the Vice President of Student Affairs include working collaboratively with the members of the senior executive team in the leadership, planning, policy & budget development, & management for a comprehensive student affairs program.
Dr. Terry has earned a reputation as a student-focused, team builder whose leadership approach is indicative of collaboration, transparency, inclusion, data-informed decision making, staff empowerment, ongoing professional development, a commitment to diversity and promoting a culture of creativity in order to increase college-wide capacity for innovation.
Terry’s list of highlights related to institutional service and contributions include – innovative recruitment and retention strategies that predicated increases in enrollment, data-driven tactics that affected increases in course success and persistence rates, completion measures that influenced student gains in total degrees and certificates awarded, and leading initiatives to enhance student service delivery methods and customer relations in order to increase overall student satisfaction levels.
Terry has been effective at achieving consensus and creating a shared vision for supporting student learning by bridging existing gaps between student affairs, academic affairs and campus partners. He is an experienced college instructor who has served as faculty and instructional designer at colleges around the country. Terry’s teaching philosophy reflects a student-centered instructional approach that adheres to course objectives, promotes critical thought, challenges students with academic rigor, integrates 21st century technology and achieves desired outcomes. His scholarly activity includes presenting at several national conferences and professional meetings. Dr. Terry is a regular contributor to scholarly publications focused on best practices to support student success, innovative strategies in student affairs and diversity.
Terry has successfully engaged community stakeholders securing external funds, enhancing resource development to support student learning outcomes to under-served members of the community. These collaborative efforts led by Dr. Terry have effectively provided benefits to underrepresented students eliminating traditional hurdles for persistence and success. Also, Dr. Terry serves in leadership roles for several business and civic organizations. Recently, Dr. Terry was recognized with the “Rising Star” Service Award by Rotary International for his exceptional leadership in directing initiatives whose purpose is to increase small business growth and generating commerce within the community.
Dr. Terry has extensive volunteer and outreach experience. Terry has written grants for non-profits and served on the board for notable entities including the Boys & Girls Club of America and Rotary International. Most recently, as a member of the Rotary Club Executive Board, he served as Chairperson for the Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference which provides leadership training for high school seniors. Also through Rotary Club, he has served on the district-wide Education and Literacy Committee focused on providing story books for every school age child enrolled in the school district. Additionally, Dr. Terry is an advocate for higher education and training opportunities for at-risk teenagers. He has been active in fundraising efforts to create endowments that offer scholarship opportunities for students who need financial assistance as they enroll into post-secondary institutions or training centers.
In addition to his vast experience in education, business and community outreach, Dr. Terry has an accomplished background in athletics. He attended Kent State University on a football scholarship. Dr. Terry was a 1996 & 1997 All-MAC selection. He was listed as one of the nation’s top players in the 1997 college edition of The Sporting News. Dr. Terry was the first player in school history nominated for the Butkus Award, an honor given to the country’s best linebacker. After Kent State University, he went on to play 7 years of professional football in the Arena Football League.
Dr. Terry is a lifelong learner committed to academic excellence. He received a PhD & M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University (AL). He obtained a M.A. degree in Leadership from Shorter University (GA). He earned his B.A. degree in History from Kent State University (OH). Most recently, Dr. Terry was selected for inclusion in the list of Who’s Who in North American Education. Finally, he is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Institute and the National Council on Student Development (NCSD) Community Colleges Leadership Institute.
LeRodrick was born and raised in Florida. He grew up in Vero Beach, FL. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. He is married to Aisha. They have two children.