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Terrill L. Drake

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer


    Terrill L. Drake is the inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Harvard Business School. As a member of the senior leadership team, Terrill oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for inclusive excellence throughout the HBS community of faculty, staff, and students, as well as with alumni and other constituents across HBS and beyond. He works closely with the School’s leadership on strategic planning, programming, training, curriculum development, and recruiting and hiring. Additionally, Terrill builds on the work of the School’s Racial Equity Plan to focus on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and age.

    Terrill brings nearly two decades of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion; event, program and project management; marketing; and operational management. Prior to joining HBS, Terrill was Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Head Diversity Officer at the Villanova School of Business where he was responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to cultivate an inclusive environment aimed at enhancing the sense of belonging amongst faculty, staff, and students in addition to oversight of external relations, programs and events, data efforts, Dean’s Office Operations, and a number of other strategic priorities. He also previously served as Executive Director, Diversity Initiatives and Executive Director, Smith Programs and Events at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

    Terrill currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’ Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Group and the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Board of Directors.

    Terrill holds a BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics and an MBA from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.