Heard at Abington: 'Leadership isn't always sexy'

Donavan West

Penn State alumnus Donavan West connects with Abington students frequently, offering advice on career and life issues.

Credit: Maria Narodetsky

“Good leaders find themselves serving more than directing. You roll up your sleeves and get it done.”

“Think about commitment and think about the tough conversations it requires and when we sometimes just don't feel like dealing with certain things. Leadership and commitment aren't always sexy.”

— Donavan Sterling West, a 1996 Penn State alumnus, delivered the keynote address at the Penn State Abington Student Government Association annual awards. West serves as the director of social services at the nonprofit People for People, which connects residents of distressed Philadelphia neighborhoods with resources and support.