Terry Whitt Bailey is admired as a city leader, community activist, arts administrator and college advocate.
Terry was appointed by Mayor (and former Indiana State Legislator) Dennis Tyler in 2012 as Director of Community Development for the City of Muncie, Indiana (population 70,000), overseeing a $1.7 million budget. Prior to her appointment, Terry had a successful career as an arts administrator, serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Historic Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis and Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, Indiana. In both organizations, she was instrumental in creating arts and community partnerships, increasing grants and donations, and developing arts education opportunities for children and youth.
Terry previously held positions with Ball State University, most notably as the Director of Executive Staff & Administrative Affairs (Chief of Staff) for the Office of the President. She also was an Assistant Professor at Ball State where she taught dance and fitness classes and was faculty choreographer for BSU Dance Company. Terry was also Assistant Professor of Dance & Fitness at Chicago State University where she founded CSU Danceworks, Chicago State’s premier dance company.
Terry has been actively involved in local, state and national organizations. She is past President of the Indiana Coalition for the Arts, has been recognized by the National Dance Association for achievement in Arts Education, and recently served as a Creative Placemaking Consultant for the Indiana Arts Commission. She has also received two Mayor’s Community Service Awards, the Indiana Community Arts Leadership Award, the Arts Achievement Award from Center for Leadership Development, the Very Important Volunteer Award (V!VA), the Merrill Greene Service Award from Muncie Rotary and the prestigious Athena Award from Women in Business Unlimited (WIBU), Inc.
Terry currently serves on the following Boards: IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie Land Bank, Muncie Action Plan, Muncie Industrial Revolving Loan Fund, Delaware Advancement Corporation and Prosperity Indiana (formerly Indiana Association for Community & Economic Development). In addition, she is an active Rotarian, immediate past-President of the Anderson-Muncie Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a founding member of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Team,
Terry earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers University in Communication Studies and Dance, and a Masters degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed post-graduate work in Management Development at Harvard University, and earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min) from Newburgh Theological Seminary.
Terry is a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church where she served as the Director of Children & Youth Ministries, the Director of College Ministry and the Director of the Creative Arts Ministry. She and her husband John have two children and four grandchildren.