On a mission
Name: Brad Krites
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
College bound: With map in hand, Brad was a typical high-school student wandering campus during an informal visit. A student stopped to ask if he needed help, then pointed him in the right direction. “This wasn’t an experience I had anywhere else. It felt inviting. That’s what I love about Purdue.”
Different approach: Brad was just admitted to the Krannert 3+2 accelerated MBA program. “I decided to use my undergrad years to explore all of the business disciplines. This gives me additional insight when I choose the focus of my MBA.”
“Just a simple business guy, I’m no politician”: That’s been Brad’s mantra during his just-completed term as Purdue Student Government president. “I view the student government role more as advocates than politicians. Most of my time was trying to articulate the views of the students to the University.”
Working for free: Brad and his running mate Jamie Steiner knew they were not comfortable accepting student money for a job they wanted to do. Instead, the budgeted stipend was used to increase the PSG student organization co-sponsorship fund.
Successful policymaking: During Brad’s tenure, PSG implemented three major policy changes. The student honor code was revised to positively reaffirm strong values, the University’s non-discrimination policy was broadened, and a formal bereavement policy was adopted to support students who have lost a loved one while school is in session.
PurdueCARES, which will grant amnesty to students seeking medical help in alcohol-related incidents, is going though channels now; Brad plans to continue working for its final approval.
His legacy: “My biggest success was redefining the mission of student government to be policy makers. We could put on a program that would last an hour or two. Or we could spend our time making a policy that will impact students today and for generations to come.”
Career goals: When Brad started out to do the 3+2 program, he wanted an MBA to help climb the corporate ladder. This year has changed his perspective. Now, that advanced degree will eventually give him the opportunity to come full circle back to higher education.
By Susan Ferringer