Analyst Profile

Terri-Lynn Thayer

Terri-Lynn Thayer

VP, Team Manager

10 years at Gartner,  41 years industry experience

Location:  RI USA  | Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Terri-Lynn Thayer is a Vice President, Team Manager in Gartner Research and Advisory, where Ms. Thayer's research area is higher education technology strategies, including higher education business models, administrative and enterprise systems, student information systems (SIS), research administration systems, customer relationship management (CRM), advancement/fundraising solutions, CIO, and IT management issues in higher education.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Thayer had a 27-year career in higher education at both Brown University and Dartmouth College. She also had a five-year stint in defense contracting as a Database Administrator and Technology Analyst supporting the U.S. Navy and Army. During her 23 years at Brown University she held increasingly responsible positions in IT leadership, culminating in her role as Assistant Vice President of Information Technology.

Professional Background

  • Aquidneck Management Associates, Database Administrator, 5 years
  • Brown University, Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO, 23 years
  • Dartmouth College, Research Analyst, 3 years


  • B.Sc., Brown University
  • Course work completed in Computer Science at Dartmouth College
  • International Executive M.B.A., Instituto de Empresa Business School and Brown University

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Gartner Research Award - Inquiry Excellence, 2015
  • Gartner Research Award - Inquiry Excellence, 2017
  • Gartner Research Award - Thought Leadership, 2014