Still, Butler University remained on Krites’ short list of college choices until his acceptance letter arrived from Purdue –– along with the offer of a four-year Trustees Scholarship. “There was no doubt then what I was going to do,” he says. “I was going to Purdue.”

His decisiveness hasn’t waned since.

Even as a freshman, Krites was intent on joining the 3+2 program, developing a plan of study with that goal in mind. Rather than concentrating his early coursework in one area of business, he took the buffet approach, developing an affinity for marketing while completing internships in finance.

“I used my undergrad years to explore all of the business disciplines,” he says.

Brad Krites

Balancing his role in student government with academics, Krites earned early admittance into Krannert's MBA program only by maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher through his junior year. (Photo by Andrew Hancock)

“I thought that would give me additional insight when I chose the focus of my MBA.”

But that choice wasn’t guaranteed. Balancing his role in student government with his management studies, Krites earned early admittance into Krannert’s highly competitive MBA program only by maintaining a GPA of 3.7 or higher through his junior year.

Although Krites is taking a break from student government as he completes the first year of the graduate program, he continues to represent his peers through the fellowship. Beyond that, he’s keeping his options open.

“The opportunities I’ve had to contribute to the University have also been great opportunities to develop my soft skills, which in turn have given me the ability to connect with co-workers and teammates, to influence decision makers, and to present my ideas and work with confidence.

“Before serving as PSG president and a president’s fellow, I’d planned to use an MBA to climb the corporate ladder and stay there, but my perspective has changed,” he says. “Now, after a successful career in industry, I’d like the opportunity to come full circle back to higher education.”

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