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Terry Grier is President Emeritus at Ryerson University, and Professor Emeritus in its Department of Politics and Public Administration. He holds a Master of Arts (Political Theory) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), both from the University of Toronto. He joined Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (as it then was) in 1969, and taught in what is now the Department of Politics and Public Administration.
Terry served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1972 to 1974 (NDP - Toronto-Lakeshore).
Following the 1974 federal election he returned to Ryerson, where he continued to teach in the politics department. After terms as Dean of Arts and Vice-President Academic, he was appointed Ryerson's president in 1988 and oversaw the institution's transformation into a full university in 1993. He was named "President Emeritus" by the Board of Governors upon his retirement in 1995.
In retirement he served as Board chair of CJRT-FM (now Jazz FM); as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College, and later as chair of its Development committee; and has been an active lay person in the Anglican parish of St Margaret, New Toronto.
He is married to Ruth Grier, who also served as an elected official: first representing the Mimico Ward on the Council of the City of Etobicoke (now part of the City of Toronto) from 1969-1985; and then in the Ontario legislature (NDP - Etobicoke-Lakeshore) as an MPP from 1985-1995, and as a cabinet minister from 1990-1995.