A New School – and a New High-Water Mark for Faculty Support

Pat Schneider, wife of Don Schneider,has donated $7 million to establish the Donald J. Schneider School ofBusiness and Economics, as well as a new Master of Business Administration program. It is the largest donation ever received by the college to endow academics, and a remarkable show of support for the faculty who do so much to define our institution.

A portion of the Schneider gift will allow the college to launch the MBA program, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2015. But the lion’s share will be used to endow the business school and its operation.

The new school will be composed of the college’s existing business administration and economics departments, joined by new faculty and staff who will be hired in conjunction with the launch of the MBA program. Kevin Quinn, associate academic dean and professor of economics, has been named founding dean of the Schneider School, which will also feature an advisory board made up of prominent area business leaders.

Business classes have been offered at St. Norbert almost from the time it opened in 1898. But St. Norbert President Tom Kunkel notes that the creation of the Schneider School and the MBA program will allow the college’s strong business and economics programs to reach an even higher level of excellence, as well as better serve the northeast Wisconsin region.

“The Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics will provide the highest-quality education for business and not-for-profit leaders,” he said. “Building on St. Norbert’s firm grounding in the liberal arts and its commitment to ethics instruction, the new MBA program will position the college as the intellectual center of values-based business education in northeastern Wisconsin.”