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

Paul Marsnik '81
McNeely Center Director 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.                      

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.             

Becca Brzezinski
McNeely Center Coordinator

Past Directors                                   

Margrette Nemanich Newhouse '88 2017-2022
Margrette Newhouse
Pat Maxwell 2014-2016
Pat Maxwell
Terri Barreiro 2004-2014
Terri Barreiro