Terry Strueh retired in 2008 as Vice President of Governmental Relations for Purdue University, capping a 39-year career at the university. A native of Vanderburgh County, Strueh graduated from Purdue University in 1969 with a B.S. in Agriculture.
Strueh began his Purdue career as a county extension agent for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Agent upon his graduation from Purdue. He served for seven years (1969-76) with Purdue Extension before entering administration for Purdue’s College of Agriculture. In 1997 he was named Director of Agricultural Services and Regulation, with responsibilities as a liaison for the regulatory functions that report to the Dean of Agriculture, including of the Office of the State Chemist, as well as the Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory. He served as the Dean of Agriculture’s representative to Indiana’s commodity organization boards, and represented Indiana on regional and national department of agriculture professional organizations. In this role, Strueh was also the College of Agriculture’s liaison to Purdue’s Office of State (now Governmental) Relations, and was Purdue Agriculture’s chief representative to members of the Indiana General Assembly. It was in this role that Strueh worked on behalf of the agriculture industry and Purdue University, helping legislators understand the impact of various legislation and regulations on Indiana agriculture and the state’s colleges and universities. He worked extensively with the Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (PCARET), and during his tenure PCARET became a model for CARET organizations across the country, with an extensive network of volunteers and activity at the local, district, state and national levels on behalf of Purdue Agriculture.
In 1992, Strueh left the College of Agriculture to become Purdue’s Director of State Legislative Services, continuing his work providing information to members of the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of Purdue. In 1996 he was named Assistant Vice President for State Relations, and in 1999 became Vice President for State (later, Governmental) Relations, the position he held until his retirement. As Vice President, Strueh was responsible for coordinating relationships and communication with the Indiana Congressional delegation and the legislative and executive branches of Indiana state government. He also served as the university liaison with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Strueh’s professional activities include serving as a delegate to the Second World Food Conference of the United Nations at The Hague, Netherlands (1972). In 1973 he was a member of the advisory panel of world food issues for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. He was active in the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA), serving successively as secretary-treasurer, vice president and president from 1977-80, and served the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as vice-president and president in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He was a member of NASDA’s standing committees on Marketing and Agricultural Development, Plant Industry, and Dairy, Food and Drug. Strueh was appointed to the USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee from 1987-89, and has served on federal government advisory committees for the FDA, EPA and Bureau of the Census. He also chaired the US States-Canadian Provinces Agriculture Accord. Currently, he is serving as a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (term of appointment 2008-12), where he is a member of the Executive Committee.
His community service includes an extensive list of activities on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and FarmHouse Fraternity. He served the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association in many capacities, including treasurer, vice president (1986-88) and president (1988-90). In 1989 he was selected to chair the search committee for the Executive Secretary when Mauri Williamson announced his retirement. Williamson credits Strueh for the important role he played in orchestrating a successful transition in the association’s leadership. Strueh served on the board of directors of the Purdue Alumni Association (1990-92), and has been active and held a number of offices at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lafayette.
In 1975 Strueh was honored by the Purdue chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity with the Snyder Award for his contributions to the growth and development of the fraternity. Indiana Farm Bureau honored him in December 2008 with the President’s Distinguished Service Award for his career of service to the university, the farmers of Indiana and the whole agricultural community.