About the Center


The Center will stimulate, support and expand the creation of business and social entities, through inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit within the CSB/SJU community.


To inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in our students, alums, and in our community. To be a recognized leader in transforming those with entrepreneurial spirit into leaders of successful enterprises in both not for profit and for profit arenas.

Our Mantras

Exploring curiously.  Identifying Opportunities.  Having ideas.   Embracing ambiguity.  Taking risks.  Solving problems.  Being resilient.  Figuring it out.  Instigating change. Starting something.  Creating value.    Applying the Liberal Arts. Designing Your Life.  

Meet the McNeely Center Staff and Faculty

Margrette Nemanich Newhouse '88
McNeely Center Director 

Margrette NewhouseMargrette Nemanich holds the John & Elizabeth Myers Chair in Management at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.    In January 2017, Margrette was appointed the 3 rd Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship.     

Margrette has engaged in a wide array volunteer roles in alumnae/i, development and academic committees for both CSB and SJU initiatives since graduation.   She has served on the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board since Center inception.   Margrette has been an active volunteer in her son’s schools, Edina Public and Benilde St. Margaret’s, and Church of St. Patrick in Edina.     In addition to the Center Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Youth Frontiers, Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation (term completed December 2016), and the privately held company, Scherer Brothers Lumber Co.  

Margrette resides with her husband, John Newhouse (SJU ‘88) , her sons Ben and Jerome, and yellow lab, Easton,  in Edina and Shorewood, MN.   Her hobbies include being a Hockey Mom (thus, the dog’s name!), reading, enjoying the Minnesota seasons, community volunteerism, and keeping up with her "three" boys.

Paul Marsnik '82
Academic Director of the Entrepreneur Scholars Program, and Professor 

Paul Marsnik is a professor of entrepreneurship and global business at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He has a masters degree in Management from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1991) and a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1997). In 2004, Paul launched the Entrepreneur Scholars (E-Scholars) Program at CSB/SJU. Since its launch, the E-Scholars program has graduated over 150 students and those students have launched more than 35 successful ventures. Paul’s passions include creativity, entrepreneurship education, and China. Paul has travelled to China 15 times, to visit factories, businesses, entrepreneurs, and rural farmers. In his spare time Paul enjoys gardening, playing golf and watching baseball. Paul’s family includes his wife Jamie, sons Sam and Bert, daughters-in-law Ivy and Jasmin, and grandsons Keysam and Leonardo.

Kelli Gradin
Center Coordinator

Kelli started at the Center for Entrepreneurship in 2007. She has a background in education, and loves working with students of all ages. Kelli is also a photographer, and is the owner of Lilly Mae Photography. Kelli loves to travel, plan adventures,  and spend as much time with family and friends as possible.                                                                   

Steve Schwarz '01
Global Business Leadership, and Entrepreneur Scholars Faculty 

Steve helps teach the Entrepreneur Scholars ENTR 302 course, and co teaches the Practicum class with Paul Marsnik.      
Steve enjoys golfing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, cooking and most importantly spending time with his wife and three children.             

Past Directors                                   

  Pat Maxwell 2014-2016 Terri Barreiro 2004-2014
Pat Maxwell Terri Barreiro