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/SJUcommunity.


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 Director

Margrette Nemanich Newhouse '88

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, 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.

Past Directors                                   

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