Terry Royer is a native of Dayton, Ohio who attended Dayton public schools and graduated from Belmont High School in 1968. He graduated from Wright State University in 1972 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1976, he earned a Masters Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and in 1983 he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in Social Welfare. He is an Ohio licensed independent social worker (LISW).
Terry has been employed as a human service professional for the past 35 years. He began his career as a social worker in 1973 at the Dayton Mental Health Center. Since that time he has worked at a number of social service and mental health agencies in both Ohio and Washington state. He has taught social work courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Cincinnati. He began his employment at the Butler County Mental Health Board in November 1989 and was named the executive director late 2005. As the executive director, he is active in the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.
He has been married to his wife Mary for 20 years. They have two children, Nora, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Charlotte, a freshman at Ohio State University. The Royers have resided in Hamilton, Ohio for the past 17 years where Terry is an active member of the Hamilton Rotary Club. In his leisure time he enjoys tournament bass fishing and is a member of the Hamilton West Side Bass Club.