Terry Holcombe graduated from Yale College in 1964. From 1975 to 1998, he served Yale in various capacities, working directly for Presidents Brewster, Gray, Giamatti, Schmidt, Lamar, and Levin. He oversaw three successful capital campaigns during his 20 years as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. He was awarded the Yale Medal in  2011. He has also been Vice President at Columbia University. Prior to his work at Yale, he was the Executive Director of ACCION, the first microfinance program in Latin America. His consulting activities after Yale have reached from the American University in Cairo to several Ivy League colleges, and have also included charities such as the Special Olympics International and Save the Children. He holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an honorary MA from Yale, and an honorary PhD from Muskingum University.