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About the William and Janice Terry Chair
Established by alumni Bill and Janice Terry in 2005, the professorship in their name is designed to support distinguished research and teaching in the School of Business by a faculty member whose creative scholarship integrates the theoretical and pragmatic.
Bill Terry '55 (BSEE) served two years in the U.S. Army after graduating from SCU, then joined Hewlett Packard as a sales engineer. He was named vice president and general manager of HP's instrument groups in 1974, was promoted to executive vice president in 1980 and four years later was responsible for the company's instrument and design systems groups. He became vice president of the Measure Systems Sector in 1986 until his retirement in 1993.
Janice Arnold Terry MBA '79 received her bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of New Mexico at a time when newsroom roles for women were limited. Instead of pursuing reporting as a career, she went to work for a company selling instruments to the military and technical industry. The company was HP, where she eventually became team leader for the company's largest reseller, managing technical, administrative and sales resources for a $100M account. While she was leading sales units, she came to Santa Clara to earn her MBA, something only a handful of women were pursuing in the late 1970s.
Their commitment to Santa Clara is evidenced by Bill's service as University Trustee and Jan's leadership as president of Business School alumni board in its formative years in the early 1980s, as well as supporting scholarship and projects on the campus. The couple also has endowed a chair in the School of Engineering.