Author Profile

Terri-Lynn Thayer

Terri-Lynn Thayer

Managing Vice President

10 years at Gartner,  40 years' experience

Location:  RI USA  |  Language(s):  English

Roles and Responsibilities

Terri-Lynn Thayer is a Managing Vice President at Gartner where her she leads a global team of analysts focused on providing higher education and K-12 targeted insights to CIOs, IT Leaders, and technology vendors. Her team tracks business and technology trends and products providing Gartner clients with actionable advice about both strategic and pragmatic topics. This helps clients make smarter decisions, improve performance and achieve their mission-critical priorities.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Thayer had a 27-year career in higher education at both Brown University and Dartmouth College. 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. She also had a five-year stint in defense contracting as a Database Administrator and Technology Analyst supporting the U.S. Navy and Army

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 - CIO Team Agenda Manager of year, 2016
  • Gartner Research Award - Inquiry Excellence, 2015
  • Gartner Research Award - Inquiry Excellence, 2017
  • Gartner Research Award - Thought Leadership, 2014