Director of RUPRI and Interim Co Director of Indiana Communities Institute
David Terrell is the director of economic development policy in the Indiana Communities Institute (ICI) at Ball State University and the director of the RUPRI Center for State Policy. The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) is a multi-institution consortium with global reach, broadly regarded as one of the world’s more influential public policy research institutions. RUPRI’s mission is both to provide independent, nonpartisan analysis, and to facilitate public dialogue regarding the impacts of public policy on rural people and places.
Terrell previously served two Indiana lieutenant governors in various positions, including senior advisor and deputy chief of staff, where he oversaw five state agencies. He also started the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, a state agency dedicated to rural community economic development. Under Terrell’s leadership, OCRA gained national recognition for state-level community economic development policy.
Before joining OCRA, Terrell consulted with communities on economic and workforce development issues. He has experience in strategic planning, leadership development, and expanding economic and community development capacity. Terrell spent nine years in manufacturing, spending most of that time as the plant manager for a steel wire manufacturer in southern Indiana. He began his career in the Indiana Department of Commerce, in the Business Expansion Division.
Terrell is a graduate of Indiana State University and earned his MBA from the University of South Florida. He resides in Madison, Indiana.