David Axelrod to deliver election year commencement address at EC

Feb 08 2016

David Axelrod

Eureka College announces David Axelrod, former White House senior advisor to President Barack Obama as the college’s May 2016 commencement speaker, just days after a visit by Hon. Ed Rollins, former assistant to President Ronald Reagan for political and governmental affairs.

As the smallest college to ever graduate a President of the United States, and just one of 22 colleges in America to do so, Eureka College is known for bringing distinguished leaders to campus.

“As the founding director of the nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, David Axelrod is now focused on how to inspire and train the next generation of leaders,” said Eureka College President, J. David Arnold. “Of course, Mr. Axelrod is best known for his work as a political consultant for local, state and national campaigns, including most recently President Obama’s successful re-election campaign.”

Axelrod is a 40-year veteran of American politics and journalism who currently serves as a CNN political analyst in addition to the Institute director. In 2012, he served as senior strategist to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and served that same role in then-Sen. Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign before going on to serve in the White House as President Obama’s senior advisor.

As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed media and communications strategy for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns. Prior to becoming a political consultant, Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

“I am thrilled to deliver the commencement speech this spring at Eureka College,” Axelrod said. “It’s always an honor to be a part of such an important day in the lives of young people, about to embark on an exciting new phase. And, who knows, perhaps one of these Eureka graduates will someday become President of the United States. After all, it’s happened before!”

During this presidential election season, Eureka College has the opportunity to welcome two major political thought leaders in Axelrod and Rollins.

Rollins, who was also the 1984 national campaign director for the Reagan-Bush re-election campaign and is currently a Fox political analyst, spoke at Eureka College on Feb. 5, just days after the Iowa Caucuses and before the New Hampshire primary.

The Eureka College Commencement will be held on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena and Convocation Center.