Member Spotlight: Terry Turner '84
Terry Turner ’84 supports Missouri Western’s arts program by being a member of the Arts Society at the Beethoven Level ($500-999). The St. Joseph native graduated from Missouri Western with a bachelor of science degree in data processing. He retired from Starbucks in 2017 and currently is an HRIS Administrator for McKinstry Company, a construction engineering company in Seattle.
“Support for the arts in any form is important,” Terry said. “I give to Missouri Western as a form of a thank you, but also to keep the great programs and education going.”
When it was time to enroll in college, Terry said he chose Missouri Western because it had a good reputation for his major and he got a partial scholarship. He fondly remember Susan Hinrichs, who taught COBOL programming.
“My best memory is that for any programming classes you had to reserve time on the mainframe that filled a room but probably had less memory than an iPhone,” Terry said. “With that, your code was printed out on punch cards, so you had to take a big stack of them to the window for submission and you better not drop them (although they were numbered).”
After he graduated, he says he took a “varied path” of careers and locations before landing at Starbucks. He started out waiting tables, then worked in customer service for a flooring distributor. He was a sales and service representative for a flooring and ceiling manufacturer for about three years when he took a corporate job as a compensation analyst. And for about the past 20 years, he has been a functional/systems analyst, among other positions, in human resource systems. He moved to Seattle in 2002.
His journey that led to the West Coast began as he stepped on campus 30-some years ago.
“I want to give back what I can to pay back for the success I have had,” Terry said.