AU alumna assists Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Thu, 2013-08-15 08:44 -- univcomm
August 15, 2013

Hannah Brown BA '10 was sure when she started her freshman year at Anderson University that she wanted to study athletic training. While she enjoyed classes for her major, she found herself enamored with her liberal arts curriculum—especially history classes.

“I fell in love with history and political science because of the professors,” said Brown. During her junior year, she declared a major in history and a minor in political science.

That spring, Brown wanted to complete an internship to get more experience in her major. She consulted with Dr. Michael Frank, professor of political science, who suggested she apply at Mike Pence’s congressional office in Anderson. At the time, Pence was a member of the United States House of Representatives. Brown interned in that office and in Pence's campaign office, and was hired by the campaign at the end of her internship. She worked part-time throughout her senior year before she began full-time work after graduation.

“The internship is what showed her she wanted to do this, and she is good at it,” said Dr. Joel Shrock, professor of history. “She’s a really good indicator of what the power of an internship can do.”

Shrock explained that Brown has always been an organized and positive person. “When you’re with Hannah, she gives you an aura of competence,” said Shrock. “You know she’ll do things right — she’ll get things done and the right way.”

Brown currently works as operations manager for Pence, who was elected governor of Indiana in November. She coordinates travel plans, scheduling logistics, and event scheduling for the governor. She also handles the calendars of three other officials in the governor’s office: director of external operations, director of community affairs, and director of intergovernmental affairs.

Brown said that time management, prioritization, and multi-tasking are all important characteristics to have in order to do her job successfully.

Throughout her tenure working with Pence, Brown has had many unique experiences, but she said the governor’s inauguration was her favorite. “We had been planning and preparing for so long,” said Brown. “Seeing him sworn in, that hard work paid off. That was a really incredible moment for me.”

— Courtney Hoyle is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in marketing and minoring in communication arts. Hoyle is an associate of Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.