Kevin Quinn has been named dean of the Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics. The school combines St. Norbert's existing business administration and economics departments, while adding a master's of business administration program. Classes are expected to begin in fall 2015.
A $7 million donation to start the program from Pat Schneider, widow of Donald Schneider, was announced in February.
“It is a significant honor to have been chosen as the founding dean of St. Norbert’s new Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics,” Quinn said in a news release. “It’s not every day that one gets to help build and lead something that will have a positive impact for many decades on students and our community.”
Quinn earned a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Loyola University in Chicago and an MBA in marketing and economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He worked in the aerospace and medical imaging industries for seven years before returning to UIC to complete his doctorate in energy and environmental economics.
At St. Norbert since 1994, Quinn's primary research focus in recent years has been in the field of sports economics. His book, "Sports and Their Fans," examines the history, economics and culture of the relationship between spectators and sports.
Quinn is expected to begin his duties as dean by July 1.