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Lt. Governor Ellspermann Congratulates Senior Advisor on New Position with Ball State University
Start Date: 7/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/17/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Indianapolis – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann’s Senior Advisor David Terrell has accepted a new position as the Director of Economic Development Policy at Ball State University, and the Lt. Governor extends her heartiest congratulations for his new appointment.   Terrell started with the new administration in January 2013.  

Terrell previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, and worked with her to establish the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), in 2005 to promote community prosperity by building capacity and forging economic development in Indiana’s rural cities and towns. Under his leadership, OCRA has received national recognition for its state-level economic community development policy. 

“David’s experience brought a unique combination of business, state government and entrepreneurial skills which coalesced into not only leading Indiana in the right direction with rural development, but more importantly establishing organizations and mechanisms which will continue to bring people together to move Indiana forward,’ said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.  “I am honored David agreed to stay on and assist with the transition of my team, and the state is deeply indebted to him for building essential relationships and nurturing an apolitical collaborative environment where committed people can build capacity and share ideas.”

As the first director of the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Terrell also worked to establish the Rural Roundtable and the Economic Working Group, which unites state universities, major state agricultural and rural organizations, and economic development groups into monthly discussions on planning and progress.  His personal efforts to meet Indiana mayors and introduce them to state opportunities such as Indiana Main Street, Hometown Competiveness Program, and Stellar Communities have facilitated interaction with effective community-building tools and improved access to OCRA’s nine community liaisons and their resources.    

"Very few public servants in this nation have forged state policy innovations of truly lasting rural impact--- David Terrell is one of those,” said Charles Fluharty, President and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) at the Truman School of Public Affairs in Columbia, Missouri.  “We were honored to work with Lieutenant Governor Skillman and David as the Office of Community & Rural Affairs was designed and created; and his steady, patient, and persistent commitment to building programs which embodied its founding principles have made OCRA a nationally-recognized model for public sector innovation and collaboration.”

"David’s belief that state government could enhance the potential for rural communities to first envision and then achieve their preferred futures will have a lasting impact on Indiana, and the rural people and places of the Hoosier State are far the better for his having served their interests,"  Fluharty added,

A native Hoosier, Terrell graduated from Indiana State, earned his MBA from the University of South Florida, and previously worked in the private sector prior to establishing Terrell and Associates to consult in economic development policies. He also served in the Indiana Department of Commerce, in addition to his work with OCRA and Lt. Governors Skillman and Ellspermann.

 “Working with the vision and collaboration of a strong staff,  I’m grateful to Lt. Governor Skillman and Lt. Governor Ellspermann for the opportunity to serve,” said Terrell. 

“Rural Indiana has been fortunate to have David working with their communities throughout the years,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “I look forward to seeing the impacts of his new work with the existing community partnerships he has created, and I wish him the best of luck in his new role.”


Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann oversees the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Contact Information:
Name: Lexie Hosier
Phone: 317-232-4793
Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
  • Announcements
  • Celebrations
  • Category:
  • Business & Agriculture
  • Agency Name
    Lieutenant Governor

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