Ben Taylor

DPI Communications

Ben is overseeing the creation and implementation of communications strategy for the Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network. He is working to identify stakeholders and keep them engaged with DPI and IIN throughout the launch process.

Previously, Ben was an Advanced Media Specialist in the College of Applied Health Sciences, where he executed digital and social media strategies that advanced the college’s reputation and recruitment efforts. Before that, Ben was a Media Communications Specialist in the College of Engineering. There, he developed and executed marketing strategies for the college’s graduate and online programs, while also finding creative ways to tell the college’s story through digital and print media.

Before his stint in the College of Engineering, Ben was an Assistant Director of Athletics Communication where he coordinated publicity for a number of Fighting Illini teams. He worked with the 2008 Rose Bowl football team, the 2013 NCAA runner-up men’s golf team and the 2011 baseball squad that reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years.

Ben is an alumnus of the University of Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in recreation, sport and tourism.