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Wegge Named Interim Dean Of Schneider School at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, April 19, 2017
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

David Wegge, executive director emeritus of the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute, has been named interim dean of the Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert for the next academic year. Wegge will take over for Kevin Quinn, who was named president at Aquinas College in downstate Michigan last week.

"I'm delighted that Dave has accepted our offer to serve as interim dean of the Schneider School of Business & Economics," said Thomas Kunkel, president of St. Norbert College. "Dave is extremely well known and respected by the Wisconsin business community. He is equally respected by the entire St. Norbert campus community. So the Schneider School will be in great hands as we conduct our national search for Kevin's permanent replacement."

In 1984, Wegge founded the the St. Norbert College Survey Center, later renamed the Strategic Research Institute. He oversaw the center for three decades as it came to regional and then national prominence, in large part for its political surveying and the accuracy of its election predictions.

But the center primarily worked with businesses who utilized it in their marketing and strategic-planning efforts. Wegge's clients are a "who's who" of northeast Wisconsin businesses, among them Cellcom, Nicolet National Bank, Foth, Imaginasium, Utech Consulting, Credo, Bellin Health, ThedaCare and Performa.

"Dave Wegge's roots in the northeastern Wisconsin business community run deep and long," said Kevin Quinn. "I am among many who admire the quality and the volume of work that he has done for so many in this state. The Schneider School is in great hands."

Wegge, also a professor emeritus of political science (1979 to 2014), taught courses for years on executive leadership as well as research methodology and statistics. He also served as director of the St. Norbert College Leadership Studies program, which operates in the Schneider School.

Wegge's research has been used by The Wall Street Journal, London Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Newsweek, USA Today, CBS News, ABC News and CNN.

Wegge has been active in the community, serving on the boards of St. Mary's Hospital, United Way of Brown County, Green Bay Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Bay Area Community Council.

He has an A.A degree from Northland Community College, a B.A. from University of Minnesota-Duluth, an M.A. from Midwestern State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Currently Wegge is a member of the Definitely De Pere Economic Enhancement Committee and the Futuring Task Force of the Bay Area Community Council.