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Eric D. Campbell

Virginia Institute of Government

Eric D. Campbell's Biography

Eric D. Campbell serves as a Senior Practitioner in Residence, Public Administration program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University.  Most recently he served as City Manager of Harrisonburg, Virginia where he oversaw a municipal operation of 800 employees and a total budget of approximately $300 million.  He holds the distinction of being the first African American to serve as Harrisonburg City Manager.  Prior to Harrisonburg, he served as an Assistant City Manager in Dallas, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively. He has spent the first 20 years of his career in various positions in Virginia local government. 

A graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. in Psychology, he received a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  In June 2023, he received the Maxwell School Public Administration Alumni Award.  He attended the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service (UVA) and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

He is an active member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA), and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) which recognized him for 30-years of local government service. He has served on the Supervisory Board of the Virginia Risk Sharing Association and Executive Board of the Virginia First Cities Coalition. He has served on numerous regional and state boards.