Two Wabash Graduates Serving Indianapolis Mayor
by Aaron Hunckler
January 28, 2005
Wabash College graduates Eugene Anderson and Steve Campbell are
committed to improving the state’s capitol under Mayor Bart Peterson.
Both hold positions for the Indianapolis city government, allowing them
to truly affect the city’s progress.
"The city of Indianapolis is well-served by Steve Campbell and Eugene
Anderson," Peterson said. "They bring dedication to this community and a
high-level of skill to their roles in the Mayor’s office. Wabash College
can be proud to know that two of their alumni have committed themselves
so graciously to public service."
Anderson ’83 is the Assistant Deputy Mayor of Neighborhoods, while
Campbell, ‘92, was promoted from his position as Communications Director
to Deputy Mayor early in 2005.
"I like to say that I am the Mayor’s eyes and his ears in
neighborhoods," Anderson said. He works primarily with the department of
parks and recreation, the department of metropolitan development and the
department of public works.
"Those are the areas where the issues of residents are concerned,"
Anderson said. "Quality of life issues are my responsibilities."
In addition, he meets with neighborhood groups and listens to their
concerns to see if he can help them navigate the bureaucracy of city
Anderson worked previously for Indianapolis' Circle City Classic and
spent five years at Wabash as a major gifts officer during the Campaign
Campbell handles the media and marketing for the Mayor’s office and city
"We do all the media relations, all the public information and
marketing," he said. "By marketing we mean kind of long-term strategies
for whatever the city government is working on."
He is also in charge of public relations, event planning, speech
writing, and preparing the Mayor for meetings and public appearances.
"Anytime the Mayor leaves this (city-county) building we usually have
something to do with it."
Campbell has a particularly high profile at the moment being a key
spokesperson for the city's tentative agreement to build a new stadium
and keeping the Colts in Indianapolis.
Having grown-up in Indianapolis, both have witnessed the city’s
progression over the years and continue to look and be involved in its
"I think every city has to continue to move forward," Anderson said.
"And through Mayor Peterson and the leadership that he has given to us,
along with the rest of the folks in this administration that certainly
looks like it is very promising, that we will continue to grow and move
In Photo: Campbell on left, Anderson on right.
Aaron Hunckler is a free-lance writer based in Bloomington, Ind.
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