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 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 Terri Barreiro 2004-2014
Pat Maxwell Terri Barreiro