Schneider donation helps St. Norbert establish business school

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DE PERE - St. Norbert College will soon have its own college of business and MBA program.

The upgrade is thanks to a donation from the estate of a graduate of the college well-known not only on campus, but throughout the area, and the country.

St. Norbert College President Tom Kunkel says the college is broadening its horizons.

Soon students will be able to earn their Masters of Business Administration at a place known for undergraduate liberal arts studies.

“We primarily expect that this is going to be working adults, people who have been out of college for several years at least, people who are into their careers so it will be primarily classes on weekends and evenings,” said Kunkel.

It's all possible from a $7 million donation from the estate of local business leader Donald Schneider.

The money will go toward the creation of a School of Business and Economics, two undergraduate programs currently housed in the college of letters and sciences.

St. Norbert College's president says while the school of business won't be housed in a separate building, he hopes this program will build a foundation for continuing education in the greater Green Bay area.

“There's no Green Bay-based, Brown County-based MBA program. UW-Oshkosh sort of has the MBA program for the UW System in this region. UWGB does not have an MBA program,” said Kunkel.

And the expansion of post-graduate studies goes beyond business. The campus will also be home to the new Medical College of Wisconsin expansion, something current students look forward to.

“It's something I think we definitely need more of in the world. Definitely not my thing but I think it's really cool for people who want to do that,” said Marcia LaSalle, a junior majoring in anthropology.

“It's better to just do it at one school so you don't have to keep getting the student loans and all that stuff in the future,” said Reed Shallue, a freshman planning to major in business.

But enrollment will be tight, with only 30 to 35 students in the inaugural MBA class.

The two year, MBA program is expected to start in the fall of 2015.

Don Schneider was also, over the years, a board of trustee member and a part-time faculty member in addition to being the CEO of Schneider National Trucking.