I joined DePaul University’s Office of Public Relations and
Communications in August 2013 as the assistant director of visual
content. I’m charged with leading an amazing team of visual artists as
we tell the stories of DePaul’s Vincentian mission and academic
excellence through photography, video and multimedia projects.
started my career in higher education at the University of North
Carolina at Wilmington, working as their first university photographer
for almost ten years. Before 2003, I was a photojournalist with The New
York Times Regional Newspaper Group, which included seven years as the
photography editor at the Wilmington (NC) Star-News. During my career as
a photographer, I photographed seven seasons of NASCAR racing, nine
seasons of ACC basketball, more than 20 CAA basketball tournaments, Pope
John Paul’s visit to America in 1987, as well as 14 hurricane and
tropical storm strikes along the East and Gulf Coasts. I also was the
photo researcher and editor of the book, “Michael Jordan: Before the
I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 after
completing my general studies at UNC Wilmington. I also hold master’s
certificates in advanced online marketing and social media metrics from
the University of San Francisco.
I live in Chicago with
my wife, Kat, who I’ve been married to for nearly 30 years. She is a
massage therapist and fellow “foodie” who grew up in the mountains of
The people – those I already knew, and those I had just met.
was thrilled at the opportunity of working again with one of my
mentors, Cindy Lawson, at DePaul’s Office of Public Relations and
Communications. Once she shared her vision for the newly reorganized
office and I had met her team, I knew I wanted to be part of this
And then I met Casey Clemmons, DePaul’s
student body president – Cindy had arranged for Casey to give my wife
and I a tour of the Lincoln Park campus following my interview. Even
after a decade of working in higher education, I had never met a student
who talked so passionately about their school – he loved the people,
the place and appreciated every opportunity that DePaul had offered him.
How could anyone not want to be a part of a place so special?
listening to Father Ed’s overview of the Vincentian Mission presented
at new employee orientation, I have actively sought out more information
about St. Vincent de Paul and the university that bears his name. From
the Rury & Suchar book, “DePaul University; Centennial Essays and
Images”, to reading the newly digitalized handwritten letters located in
the university’s archives, Vincent de Paul continues to amaze and
In many aspects, I feel I’ve come full circle,
starting my grade school education at a Catholic school and now
returning to the largest Catholic university in the nation.
More important, as a visual artist, I look forward to documenting the VMI experience for others to view and enjoy.