Former Penn State student body president Gavin Keirans to seek seat on board of trustees

From CDT staff reportsJanuary 27, 2014 

A former Penn State student body president said Monday he will run for an alumni-elected seat to the university’s board of trustees.

Gavin Keirans, of Philadelphia, said his goal is to continue shaping Penn State’s future, and he believes his experience as a student leader and his career as strategy consulting manager position him well.

“Our board needs a diversity of thought, age and background, which it is currently lacking,” said Keirans, a 2010 graduate and the University Park Undergraduate Association president from 2008 to 2010.

Keirans works as a management consultant for Accenture in Philadelphia and is involved in two nonprofit organizations in the city.

Keirans said he supports honoring the legacy of Joe and Sue Paterno, and he wants the university to be proactive in getting the NCAA to remove the bowl ban that was implemented as part of the sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

In addition, Keirans said he supports administrative or governance changes, such as adding the student body president and the Faculy Senate chair to the president’s council. He also wants a larger representation of alumni-elected trustees on the board of trustees’ executive committee, as that category of trustees has one of 13 members on the committee.

Another priority, he said, is making a Penn State education more affordable.

Candidates have until Feb. 25 to secure 50 nominations for a spot on the ballot. Three alumni seats are up for election in this year’s race.

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