Terry R. Gilleland, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County and currently serves as Vice President of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. He was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in 2016 to his second term on the Board, returning after having served as the student member during the 1994-95 school year, his senior year at North County High School. Anne Arundel County holds the distinction of having the only student board member in the entire country with full voting rights.
Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Loyola University Maryland and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Baltimore. He is a doctoral candidate, having completed the coursework and dissertation proposal for a Doctor of Business Administration in Finance from Walden University.
He attributes his successes in life to the learning foundation he received from countless teachers in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system.
Terry currently serves as the State Director of Adult Education, overseeing the Office of Adult Education and Literacy Services in the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at the Maryland Department of Labor. Serving in this role since March 2017, he helps lead efforts to increase opportunities for Marylanders to earn a high school diploma through alternative pathways, including the GED Exam, National External Diploma Program, and the Adult High School Program.
Prior to assuming this role, he spent nearly a decade with Laureate Education, Inc., where he led a number of initiatives in both multilingual curriculum development and digital teaching and learning throughout Laureate’s network of universities around the world. Among his successes was the global launch of a series of signature programs that have taught over one million students critical workforce development skills in the areas of communication, digital literacy, and entrepreneurship. Additionally, Terry has presented on online and blended learning topics at both national and international conferences.
In addition, he also served as adjunct faculty for both Anne Arundel Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County, teaching courses in economics, entrepreneurship, and finance. In 2017, CCBC awarded him Adjunct Faculty of the Year for his teaching in economics. Terry enjoys teaching and considers it his passion.
A Public Servant
Terry was honored to represent Anne Arundel County as a State Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly from 2003 to 2007, and served on the Ways and Means Committee, which is the fiscal and education policy oversight committee in the House of Delegates. He also served on the Education Subcommittee of the Anne Arundel County Delegation. During his time in the General Assembly, he concentrated his efforts on both tax and education policies and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Commission to Study Local Maintenance of Effort for Education Funding, from which the current maintenance of effort law was drafted, and the Task Force to Convene a Summit on Civic Literacy in Maryland.
Terry’s public service has not been limited to elected office. He served on the Board of Directors of the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation from 2007 to 2015 and helped to transition AAWDC from an unemployment response organization to one that served the true workforce development needs of both the citizens and the businesses of Anne Arundel County. Additionally, he served on the Transition Committee for County Executive Steve Schuh from 2014 to 2015 and contributed to the recommendations on workforce development improvement needs for Anne Arundel County.
In addition to holding public positions, Terry holds a number of volunteer positions with non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Faith into Action, a consortium of churches in the Linthicum area that help to ensure that each school in the North County High School feeder system have a church or community sponsor for weekend and summer food programs, and the Board of Directors for HOPE for All, a Christian ministry that provides basic necessities to students and families throughout Anne Arundel County. Additionally, Terry serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Future Business Leaders of America Foundation and previously served on the Associate Leadership Council for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. He is the Co-Founder and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for World Languages 360, which promotes a globally competent and multilingual career ready workforce.
Terry learned the importance of public service at a young age while in the Boy Scouts and, as an Eagle Scout, he is committed to giving back to the community.
In 2008, Terry founded Gilleland Group, a company specializing in printing and direct mail services. With an initial rocky start at the onset of the Great Recession, Terry was able to expand the company into political consulting in 2010 and then co-founded Creative Axiom, a digital and media marketing firm, to serve new and expanding markets. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Creative Axiom until 2014 when he exited the firm to focus solely on Gilleland Group during the 2014 campaign season and its subsequent expansion into the corporate and non-profit focus areas.
After the sale of Creative Axiom and Gilleland Group’s success in most recent years, Terry is now an accredited investor with a specialized focus on education technology.
A Devoted Husband & Father
Terry met the love of his life, Emily, in 2008 and they married in 2011. Emily is a graduate of both Severna Park High School and Towson University. Together, they are the proud parents of Michelle, and live in the Shipley’s Retreat community in Millersville. Terry, Emily, and Michelle are active members of St. John Lutheran Church in Linthicum, where Terry is a past president of the Congregational Council. As avid Navy fans, they have season tickets to Navy Football and are members of the Class of No Class Tailgate Club.