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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.


Entrepreneurshipis a process through which individuals and groups pursue solutions to needs, problems, or challenges, by seizing opportunities, leveraging resources, and initiating change that creates value. The promoted solution usually includes the introduction of new ideas, goals, services or practices that require
innovation and risk to implement. Entrepreneurs apply innovation, creativity, vision, passion, and leadership of others to address the challenge before them. Social value focused entrepreneurship emphasizes social innovation through entrepreneurial solutions. These actions often blur the traditional boundaries between the public, private and non-profit sectors, and emphasize hybrid models of for-profit and nonprofit activities.

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 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 3rd Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship.   In her work at CSB/SJU, Margrette  is motivated to making a difference with students, faculty, alumnae/i and friends in the business and broader community through her insight, ideas, connections and advice.   Margrette has had the privilege to work with small and mid-sized businesses throughout her life.   She loves to work with individuals in all stages of their businesses and/or personal projects to bring their hopes and plans to reality.

Originally from Ely, Minnesota, Margrette was immersed in entrepreneurship at an early age, as her father owned a contracting business in Northern Minnesota. Upon completing her high school education, Margrette came to the College of Saint Benedict where she earned a B.A. in Management - Organizational Leadership and Finance, Summa Cum Laude  in 1988.  

Before returning to CSB/SJU, Margrette had a seventeen year career in the commercial banking industry.  She has a Master’s in Business Administration - Strategic Management concentration with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.     She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma (CSB undergraduate), Beta Gamma Sigma (MBA) and Sigma Beta Delta (CSB/SJU Accounting & Business)  Honor Societies, recognized as a Tri-College Academic and Community honoree  (CSB undergraduate),  the College of Saint Benedict Decade Award in 1998, and the Twin Cities Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2002.   

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 (19) and Jerome (17), 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

Maxwell has more than 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and turnaround management specialist in both the business and non-profit sectors. He is a 1966 graduate of Saint John's University with a degree in philosophy, and holds a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Maxwell has held management positions including board chairman, director, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, vice president and general counsel. He has served as executive director of two membership associations and one charitable organization. Maxwell has started, bought or led 20 businesses and non-profits. The areas he has worked in include manufacturing, insurance, personnel placement, education, business services, food, medical, legal, membership and charitable services. These organizations are located throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

In addition to his impressive record and experience as an entrepreneur, Pat is both the product of, and an advocate for, the liberal arts. He has the ideal pedigree to direct an entrepreneurship center at a liberal arts college," said Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John's University. Maxwell has served on the Saint John's National Alumni Board and the Saint John's Board of Regents. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary. Maxwell has also been very active with the McNeely Center. He is currently on the McNeely Center Advisory Committee, and for the past two years he has served as the executive-in-residence for the McNeely Center, mentoring and assisting students. "Under Pat's leadership, I am confident that the McNeely Center will continue to focus on our students and their interests," said Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of Saint Benedict, "and work to provide programming for alumnae and alumni."

Founded in 2004 by St. Paul, Minnesota, business and civic leader the late Donald McNeely, the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit. Its mission is to create social value and economic opportunity by actively building alliances between students as future entrepreneurs, faculty and experienced entrepreneurs in service to communities, organizations and individuals.

Past Director- 2004-2014

Terri Barreiro

Terri Barreiro was the first Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict in Central Minnesota which opened in 2004.  The Center provides services to students, faculty, alumni and local community leaders with entrepreneurial interests. She coaches entrepreneurial students and alumni, teaches entrepreneurship topics and manages all major events of the Center. She also is adjunct faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs teaching Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.  She has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities in the Twin Cities including leadership of the Minneapolis and Greater Twin Cities United Ways and the Dayton Hudson Corporate Foundation. In addition to her work at the McNeely Center, Terri sits on the Board of the Cargill Foundation. She also serves as a consultant with a long list of past clients including: United Ways in Canada, Minnesota Council on Foundations, national associations of nonprofits and educators, and local nonprofits helping with strategic planning and organizational improvement projects. Barreiro received her BA in Psychology, a BA Cum Laude in Spanish and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

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