A Better Way for the MSU Community
From overwhelming student debt to restricted free speech and Clery Act violations, Michigan State University has lost the trust of Michiganders. Pat O’Keefe knows we can build a stronger MSU through accountability, innovative solutions, and free speech.
Why Pat O’Keefe?
Pat is an experienced leader who has helped large organizations in times of crisis, both as a CEO and as a professional in the field of crisis management. Pat is an expert in strategic and financial advisory with a proven track record of developing creative solutions. Pat is also a forensic accountant responsible for investigating several large Ponzi schemes in Michigan.
Pat is a true conservative who believes the voices of conservative students at MSU have been silenced for too long. He will protect free speech for all members of the campus community.
Prioritizing Michigan Students
MSU uses state dollars. That means we must be sure all Michigan state residents are a priority for admission over non-Michigan students. Michigan is a diverse state. The University should be able to handle diversity initiatives by educating Michigan students.
Protecting Free Speech
Critical thinking comes from being exposed to diverse opinions. We are shortchanging our students by censoring campus speech. This has been especially true of conservative viewpoints, which have been suppressed nationwide on college campuses.
Making College Affordable
Pat is committed to making MSU affordable by developing thoughtful and fiscally responsible operations. MSU students leave college with educational loan balances that look like home mortgages – except students don’t get a house. This scenario does not give our next generation hope for a better life when they are indentured servants to freely accessible government loan programs.
Ensuring Students’ Safety
MSU must ensure a safe environment for students, as well as timely and accurate reporting on Clery Act violations. MSU should be ashamed of having the highest penalty ever enforced for a Clery Act violation. As part of their governance responsibility, the MSU Board of Trustees must ensure safeguards and internal controls are in place for accurate reporting and student safety.
Innovating Learning Technology
The delivery of education is changing. The latest pandemic has demonstrated knowledge and acceptance of e-learning initiatives. MSU must strategically and competitively develop a plan to use all of the tools necessary to deliver a cost-effective quality education.
Preparing Our Citizen-Students
Pat is an accounting graduate and business owner who firmly believes that a strong understanding of the values of self-reliance, capitalism, ethics, and the U.S. Constitution should be a minimal goal of higher education.
In The News
Restoring Free Speech on Campus
The University has a goal to educate students to be productive in our future society.Read More
Why Pat's Running
Pat believes in giving back to the university that has given so much to him, and he will solve MSU’s management crisis.Read More
Pat O’Keefe Announces Bid for MSU Board of Trustees
LANSING, MI – Michigan State University (MSU) Alumnus, Pat O’Keefe, is formally announcing his intention to run for MSU Board of Trustees.Read More
John James Endorses Pat O’Keefe for MSU Board of Trustees
Pat is focused on prioritizing Michigan students, protecting free speech, making college affordable, and most importantly keeping students safe.Read More
Pat O’Keefe on Education Reform
In today’s educational environment, Pat O'Keefe believes we are short changing students and jeopardizing a free society and our democracy.Read More
Pat O’Keefe on Prioritizing Michigan Students
Michigan residents should receive priority for Michigan State University admissions. As a recipient of state tax dollars, the University should be required to prioritize Michigan tax payers.Read More
Pat O’Keefe on MSU Returning to Remote Learning for the Fall Semester
Bringing back students and faculty to campus safely should be a top priority for Michigan State University. This is yet another reason why there needs to be a change in leadership at Michigan State.Read More
Pat O'Keefe's Six-Point Platform for MSU
Pat O’Keefe is a proven leader and is results driven. MSU needs a Trustee with Pat O’Keefe’s background and experience. Pat has all the right ingredients to help lead MSU. I am proud to endorse Pat O’Keefe for MSU Board of Trustees.Read More
Bill Schuette Endorses Pat O’Keefe for MSU Board of Trustees
Michigan State University is at a crisis point and it needs a Trustee who understands what it takes to upend the status quo and bring about a positive change for students and faculty.Read More
Pat O’Keefe on Nomination Transparency
Typically State Convention candidates keep their nomination presentations under wraps until Convention Saturday. But I am not your typical candidate and I want you to be able to see my final argument before you cast your vote.Read More