A North Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductee in 2016, Steve Campbell’s life has come full circle in Indianapolis. A proud product of Washington Township schools, Campbell still remembers the teachers who inspired him at Delaware Trails Elementary. He remembers the joy of performing on the stage of North Central as a Counterpoint. He remembers the spark that student government gave him and how it would influence a meteoric rise through politics.
After graduating from Wabash College and earning a law degree from Indiana University through night classes, Campbell, just six years removed from graduating from North Central, was given the opportunity of a lifetime, serving as deputy press secretary for the office of the governor of Indiana. He would spend his 20’s working in the inner circle of communications for two Indiana governors, Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon, in the end as the governor’s director of communications.
In that capacity, Campbell worked alongside fellow Panther alumnus (and Hall of Fame member) Bart Peterson ’76, who brought Campbell aboard as he campaigned for mayor, and made Campbell his director of media and communications, and later deputy mayor, from January 2000 – December 2007. During that time, Campbell oversaw the marketing, communications and public outreach for the approval and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium, the new Indianapolis Airport, the overhaul of the city’s infrastructure programs, Indianapolis Works, and the city’s charter schools initiative, among many other major developments in the history of Indianapolis.
That last initiative rings true today. After running his own media and public relations firm for five years, Campbell was brought on as vice president of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis non-profit that aims to give every student in the city access to an excellent, high-quality school. Armed with the positive memories of what public schools provided for Campbell, today he hopes to pass that same opportunity on to a new generation of Indianapolis youth.