Born and raised in Northwest Iowa, Terry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and his Master of Science degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. He became interested in international education while working as a campus pastor at Emory University and Georgia State University from 1988 to 1993. During that five year period, he worked with many international students who were settling into their academic careers at both institutions and started learning as much about immigration laws, rules and regulations as possible. After completing his MS degree, he began working at Georgia State University’s International Student and Scholar Services office in the fall of 1994, establishing and expanding the employment-based services.
In January 1997, Terry came to work in the ISSS office at Emory as Associate Director. Through the years at Emory, he has focused on assisting Emory in inviting international scholars through its J-1 Exchange Visitor program and in filing employment-based petitions, including H-1B, O-1, TN and permanent residency petitions. As the Associate Director for Scholars, he manages the scholar side of ISSS. He works closely with a competent scholar advisor team, assisting Emory in inviting and hiring international scholars with a firm belief that the university is enriched by their diverse international backgrounds. In his free time, Terry enjoys spending time with his young daughter, walking, swimming, reading, listening to music and traveling.