Information Technology

Philip Repp

Vice President of Information Technology

AD 209   Phone: 765-285-1669  

Office of Vice President of Information Technology
Bracken Library, room BL101
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Philip Repp is a nationally recognized campus technology innovator and the Vice President for Information Technology at Ball State University. The author and coauthor of two major grant proposals to the Lilly Endowment Inc. resulting in $40 million for the university and the establishment of its renowned Center for Media Design (CMD), he oversees implementation of a new $17.7 million Emerging Media Initiative (EMI) meant to focus and accelerate the university's expertise in the field while spurring economic development through innovation, technology transfer and the enhanced skills of a 21st century workforce.

Repp, who joined Ball State in 1981 after teaching and administrative stints at Michigan State and Virginia Tech, is among Campus Technology magazine's 2008 innovators of the year for his efforts in forming and advancing Ball State's Digital Corps, the university's in-house group of professional and student media experts. His work also is responsible for burgeoning collaborative relationships between Ball State and major technology players such as Apple and Microsoft, including an agreement to be one of the latter's few alpha testers for its cutting-edge Surface technology.

Repp was a coauthor, along with Scott Olson and Beverley Pitts, of the $20 million iCommunication: the Media Initiative grant Ball State University received from the Lilly Endowment, and, with coauthor David Ferguson, the $20 million follow-up grant titled Digital Exchange, also from the Lilly Endowment. Recently, he led the digital media storage project, in collaboration with corporate partner Network Appliance, which received an award from InfoWorld as an example of outstanding enterprise innovation and information technology leadership.

His professional writing has been in leading journals, including LOOP: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education, Change and Design Issues. His essay on teaching in a digital learning environment was reprinted in Looking Closer 2, edited by Michael Bierut. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his master's degree from Michigan State University.