Bruce Campbell came to Princeton from Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, California. The move to the opposite coast was “a little rocky at first,” he recalls, but he soon found his intellectual home in the Woodrow Wilson School. “I could take courses in everything I was interested in: international relations, urban studies, history, politics, the creation of public policy,” he says. The Woodrow Wilson School also introduced him to “a collaborative approach to problem solving” that in later life provided “a really useful model.”
He also found a home in Princeton’s football stadium. He played varsity football, and describes himself as “a very average player lucky enough to play on a great team. We were Ivy League co-champs my senior year.” Teammates included Bob Surace ’90, now the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. ’25 Head Coach of Football.
After graduation, Campbell earned his law degree from Harvard University, and began his career with a Los Angeles law firm. Soon, however, he decided he was more interested in business, specifically in strategy and transactions. He worked for NBCUniversal before moving to Discovery Communications, a global media company. He is now Discovery’s chief development and digital officer and general counsel, directing worldwide business development from his office in New York City. “I love the diversity and international nature of my job,” he says, pointing out that Discovery has a presence in more than 200 countries.
As his class’s 25th Reunion approaches, he has taken on serving as chair of its special gifts committee, and says he is particularly eager “to help build up Annual Giving’s all-important unrestricted funds, so Princeton can continue to be the outstanding institution I had the good fortune to attend.” He has previously served as class leadership chair and as a member of his regional schools committee. Other volunteer commitments include membership on the boards of the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Archaeological Institute of America.
Campbell and his wife, Cannon, live in Westchester County, New York, with their four daughters.