Dr. Terry Lease is Professor of Wine Business in the Wine and Viticulture Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Prior to joining Cal Poly in September 2019, Dr. Lease was in the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, serving as Associate Dean of Academics for three years and Professor of Wine Business for a year and a half.

Dr. Lease holds the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma certificate.  He passed WSET Level 2 and Level 3 certificates with distinction and has passed the Introductory Course from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Dr. Lease holds a BSBA from Wake Forest University, a Master of Taxation degree from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Southern California.  He has held CPA licenses in Texas, Florida, and California.