A Purdue staffer since 1990, John joined Purdue Polytechnic in March 2014 to serve as a communication specialist. As a member of the Office of Marketing Communications, John is the team’s video specialist, filming and editing promotional and news videos as well as managing the college’s YouTube channel. John writes and edits articles, newsletters, reports, remarks, and other media for distribution online and in print. He serves as the college’s lead social media manager, creating original content several times weekly for the college’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn channels, and as a photographer.
John is the host, editor, and producer of Techies Today, the Purdue Polytechnic Podcast. He schedules interviews, researches talking points, and then records, edits, and mixes full episodes for delivery as audio podcasts and, occasionally, as videos. John also serves as technical director for the Polytechnic’s live, interactive broadcasts on YouTube, featuring faculty, staff and student panelists (in-studio or remotely connected) with layered brand graphics, titles, and a scrolling news ticker. The television news-style broadcasts are usually presented for prospective and current students.
In previous positions in Purdue’s College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts, John served as the lead technical communication specialist. He wrote and edited dozens of online “Knowledge Base” articles and created and maintained numerous web pages as well as complete websites. He also developed and conducted training sessions covering the use of software applications (including the Microsoft Office productivity suite, Adobe graphic design applications, and web design applications), operating systems (Windows and Macintosh), network services, data security, and instructional technologies for faculty and staff who were, at the time, entirely new to using mouse-based computers.
John worked in Engineering Computer Network‘s User & Desktop Services group as a Site Manager / Systems Engineer from August 2007 through March 2014, leading teams which provide centralized desktop computing support to the College of Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic (née College of Technology), Discovery Park, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Previously, John worked as Site Coordinator for Technical Communication in the information technology team at Purdue's College of Liberal Arts. He also served as a user services programmer in the Purdue University Computing Center (PUCC), the predecessor to today's Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).
John's communication experience extends into broadcasting and production. For 10 years, he was a local radio broadcaster at four Crawfordsville-area stations, serving as on-air announcer, program host, engineer, and/or producer during live and pre-recorded music, sports, news, and other programming. John wrote, recorded, and digitally edited music programs, news and sports segments, scripts, and commercial announcements. He also produced, engineered, and/or hosted a variety of remote broadcasts, some with Internet-streamed national audiences, which originated from regional locations and from facilities in five states.
A viola and guitar player, John has been a liturgical musician at St. Thomas Aquinas Center in West Lafayette for over 30 years. He serves co-leader for one of St. Tom’s weekend choirs and as the choir’s recording engineer, videographer, and producer for charity CD recordings, television specials, and concerts. John also occasionally serves as sound designer/engineer and videographer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, one of many people from Purdue who participate in community theater there.
John represented Purdue Polytechnic and the College of Engineering in APSAC (Purdue's Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee) from June 2017 to May 2020.
Purdue Polytechnic recognized John’s work with a Customer Service Award in 2021, and he was promoted to Senior Digital Media Specialist in 2022.