Dr. Terry Sargent


Retired Superintendent, Jennings County School Corporation

Terry spent 42 years in public and university education and administration before semi-retiring in 2017.  A native of Elkhart, Indiana, he holds degrees from Indiana State University, Indiana University, and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in educational leadership and administration.  After twelve years serving as a history teacher in the Lakeland and Jennings County School Corporations, in 1986 he became Director of the Purdue University Southeastern Extension Center and went about bringing additional higher education opportunities to the southeast corner of the state.  In 1994, Terry came back to public education; first as assistant principal and athletic director, and then as principal of South Decatur High School in Greensburg.  In 2002, he became principal of Logansport High School where he led the school to prominence as a National Model School, and where he was also a finalist in 2004 for Indiana High School Principal of the Year.  In 2006, Sargent became Superintendent of Southwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County.  In July 2011, he became Superintendent of Jennings County Schools in North Vernon, Indiana.  Terry served as a member of the adjunct graduate education faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University (1995-2011) and reactivated his teaching for IWU in 2018.  He received recognition in 2009 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education for his work in Universal Design for Learning.  He has been active in various professional organizations including IASP, IAPSS, IUSA, and ISRSA.  He is currently employed as a client representative for Lancer+Beebe, LLC, the well-known school architectural firm in Indianapolis.  Terry’s wife Terri is a retired award-winning fourth grade teacher who spent her career at Hayden Elementary in Jennings County.  The Sargents have been married for 45 years and have two children and six grandchildren.