Q&A with Mayor Ann Campbell

Ann Campbell is Ames’ mayor.

What is your favorite memory of college?

The friends I made. Many are still my friends almost 50 years later.

What is your favorite thing about Iowa State or Ames?

Ames and Iowa State are so intertwined that permanent Ames residents have the opportunity to enjoy all the activities brought by the university, and students give the community a real vitality.

Where is your favorite place to eat in town?

I enjoy the wide variety, from ethnic to traditional restaurants.

How was your freshman year?

It was great, opening up new horizons, new friends and intellectual challenges.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Take advantage of as many opportunities as possible.

When did you know what you wanted to do with your life? When did it click, and when did learning become fun?

That is an ongoing process that it still evolving. Learning remains fun today.

How did you get where you are now in your career?

Lots of people offered encouragement along the way.

Describe your job. What are your duties?

It varies from chairing meetings to making committee appointments to meeting with people from all walks of life.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

The job of mayor brings new challenges each day.

What do you think is the biggest issue currently facing students?

What can we do about it? I am sure that varies from individual to individual. I would hope every individual would make every minute at Iowa State count.

What are you most looking forward to in the next year?

Getting aquainted with new students coming to town.