Terrell Strayhorn graduated with honors from Kempsville High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music and religious studies from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in education policy from UVA’s top-ranked Curry School of Education, and a doctoral degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.
Terrell’s academic success led to many achievements and awards, including a Jefferson Cup at UVA, the Curry School’s Outstanding Alumni Higher Education Faculty Award, and both the Graduate Student of the Year Award and Don G. Creamer Outstanding Alumni Award at Virginia Tech.
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"Empowering employees and helping others (especially students who benefit from such help is another major motivator. I derive much joy and satisfaction from coaching, mentoring, and teaching others how to achieve their goals, pursue their passion, and be successful. This happens in the classroom, on the (speaking) stage, and in the company. I can help others identify their passion or what drives them toward specific goals despite difficulty, their purpose or the reason why they exist (usually different from one’s job or vocation), and their plan for achieving life goals. And I can do this for my students, proteges, but also my staff team in a way that empowers them to be leaders in their respective areas of the company."
-Terrell Strayhorn on what keeps him motivated
Terrell Strayhorn has worked in education for over 15 years. He began as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee in 2005 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. In 2010, Terrell began working at The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor. In 2014 he became a full Professor and the Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). In 2018, Terrell joined Lemoyne-Owen College as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Urban Education. In 2020, he joined Virginia Union University and currently serves as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor of Urban Education, and Director of the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).