While Mark Dent’s April 12 article “PSU Trustee Candidates Split Over Future” gives a good overview of the political landscape surrounding the trustee elections, it fails to mention the true differences between the individual candidates, their backgrounds and their positions on important issues beyond the recent Sandusky scandal, Freeh report and “the echo of Paterno.” In his defense, this is a bit difficult to do, given the politicization and endorsement process that was undertaken by the seemingly dozens of groups (PS4RS, PSU ReBoT, Upward State and many others) who have turned the election process into a muddled mess that is sure to confuse the same Penn State alumni whom these groups claim to want to advocate on behalf of.
After doing some research on each of the candidates mentioned in the article, the one mentioned the least seems to be the only one with the true abilities and experience to build and change Penn State from a true grassroots level. He is no other than Gavin Keirans. I believe this may be due to the fact that Mr. Keirans is not endorsed by any of these groups and is therefore not beholden to their demands.
Mr. Keirans appears to be the only individual who combines the ability to be a truly independent voice for alumni, an impressive background and true compassion for both Penn State alumni and students. I believe he may be exactly what Penn State needs given this pivotal time in the university’s history.