"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail."
— John Wooden
Jonathan Blake Huer is the director of emerging technologies and media development at Ball State University. He came to Ball State in fall 2006 to lead the Digital Corps, an interdisciplinary group of students and professionals who focus on media creation, training, and support. Just over a year later, Huer, along with Phil Repp, vice president of IT, was recognized by Campus Technology magazine as one of 11 innovators of the year for their work in creating the unique student experience of the Digital Corps.
The Digital Corps premise is simple: a guild model of apprentice, specialist, and master with promotions based on a foundation of software certifications and creative accomplishment. It is an opportunity for students to work with professionals and other students in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment on real projects.
Huer is a storyteller who believes that each story needs the right medium. His first feature film, "Vale Todo," which he produced and edited, was released by Maya Entertainment in 2009, and his interactive movie "Alternate Endings" has won awards at film festivals and critical acclaim as an iPhone app.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Design from UCLA, where he was a Regent’s Scholar, Gold Shield Alumni Scholar, and Chancellor’s Service Award recipient. He went on to earn his master's degree from USC's Peter Stark Producing Program.