Currently beginning his first year in Krannert’s MBA program, Brad Krites introduced several key policy changes while serving as president of Purdue Student Government. (Photo by Andrew Hancock)
Brad Krites sets the tone at the top
As the only student on the 12-member search committee entrusted to find the 12th president of Purdue University, Krannert senior Brad Krites is drawing on his own experience in executive office.
As president of Purdue Student Government (PSG) in 2010-11, Krites helped to redefine the organization’s mission and purpose, transforming it from an event-programming organization into a policymaking body.
Now, as he transitions into his first year of MBA studies through Krannert’s rigorous 3+2 program, Krites is working to engage students more fully in University actions as a president’s fellow.
Common sense leadership
Krites, who views the role of student government to be one of advocacy, set himself apart from past PSG presidents by focusing on issues rather than activities. “We could put on a program that would last an hour or two, or we could spend our time making changes that would impact students today and for generations to come,” he says.
True to his campaign promises, Krites introduced several major policy changes during his term, including a revision of the student honor code, a broadening of the University’s nondiscrimination policy, the adoption of a formal bereavement policy for students, and the recently approved PurdueCARES initiative, which grants medical amnesty to students in alcohol-related incidents.
“I’m just a simple business guy, not a politician,” Krites says of his legislative legacy. “One of the biggest plagues in government today is partisanship, and I decided from day one that it would not define my platform. Instead, I took a pragmatic approach and tried to apply common sense to student issues.”
Modifications to the Student Code of Honor, which are endorsed by the University Senate, for example, were necessary to reaffirm its message and modernize its outdated language.
“As with any policy or practice, if it remains unvisited, it is easy for the message to become antiquated and stale,” Krites says. “We also felt that a Student Code of Honor ought to be drafted by the students themselves. The goal was to provide a level of peer-to-peer accountability and to pledge to uphold the values of the University.”