Scott Stanzel 2005
Scott M. Stanzel
BA Journalism and Mass Communications 1995
When Scott Stanzel graduated from Iowa State in 1995 with a journalism degree and a passion for politics, he jumped into a position as a Dole for President field representative, managing volunteers and organizing meetings near his hometown of Sac City.Less than 10 years later, Stanzel was working in the same field, only at a much faster pace, as the national press secretary and primary campaign spokesman for Bush-Cheney ’04.
The path that led Stanzel, who is currently managing public relations for Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Wash., to one of the most important political communication jobs in the country was direct and focused. Stanzel worked for Jim Ross Lightfoot’s U.S. Senate campaign in 1996 before accepting a position in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senator Charles Grassley in January 1997. He returned to Iowa in 1999 to work as a field representative for Governor George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. He quickly rose to greater responsibility, serving as the Western Region Media Coordinator for Bush-Cheney 2000 and later as a media coordinator for the campaign’s Florida recount effort. Upon the election of President Bush, he secured a position as a White House spokesman in the Office of Media Affairs, representing the President and his policies across the Midwest. The rest is, quite literally, history.
Despite his busy work schedule, Stanzel has built upon the spirit of volunteerism he developed at ISU as a member of the Student Alumni Association and VEISHEA Executive Board, and as president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity by becoming involved in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program, the Community Council for the Homeless, and Habitat for Humanity.
He is a lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association.