Board Members

Larry Terry

Title: Director

Dr. Larry D. Terry II is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. With over 20 years of public service and higher education experience, Dr. Terry has worked for the City of San Jose, the City of Santa Barbara, the County of San Diego, Arizona State University, Long Island University-Brooklyn, and the University of North Texas at Dallas. As a scholar, his work has been published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals and books, which include Journal of Leadership and Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America’s Large Cities, Local Politics and Mayor Elections in 21st Century America: Keys to City Hall, and he is currently writing his first book Conciliatory Public Leadership: Building Trust between Communities and Institutions. Dr. Terry has also worked diligently with communities in New York City and Texas to address pressing public issues, and in 2017 launched the Community Leadership Academy, the nation’s first peer-based leadership training program for police officers and citizens. While at the University of North Texas, he played a critical role in an innovative felony criminal court in South Dallas aimed at reducing incarceration rates and improving the quality of life for participants. In his current role at the Cooper Center, Dr. Terry serves as a board member for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and in 2019 was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the “Parole Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Sound Criminal Justice Policy Goals” project team in order to improve Virginia’s criminal justice system and reentry for returning citizens. Dr. Terry received his PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas in Public Affairs in 2007.