Don’s ties to the division span decades. The lighthearted, easygoing fella started as a student worker when photographers shot with black-and-white film, looking down into the hood of a twin-lens reflex camera before processing film in a darkroom. After getting his degree, with a photojournalism focus, he managed a local photo studio and worked as a corporate photographer, writer and editor in Indiana and Ohio.
Don returned to Ball State in 1994 as a printer, processing about 35,000 black-and-white pictures every year. His role has evolved into a full-time creative strategist, capturing the vibrancy of Ball State’s inviting campus and the effect of our people and programs.
The Hartford City native—who started shooting weddings before he could drive—loves working with people. Whether in the photo studio or on location, Don’s shoots are filled with laughter and stories about his grandbabies or adventures in classic car restoration. The jack-of-all trades, dripping with institutional knowledge, is always up for a challenge and eager to learn and grow. After all, photography is far more than a career—it’s his passion.