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St. Norbert College Receives Unprecedented Gift, Enabling Scholarships and Program Innovation

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From St. Norbert College, October 13, 2017
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Today, the St. Norbert College endowment received an unprecedented gift to honor Donald J. Schneider's legacy of serving the community and advancing Catholic education. Don Schneider was the president, CEO and chairman of Schneider National, a St. Norbert College student, alumnus, trustee and adjunct instructor, and a person deeply committed to the Catholic faith and values.

"We are honored and humbled by the remarkably generous gift from the Donald J. and Patricia A. Schneider Family and by their enduring devotion to helping others throughout our community," said Brian Bruess, president of St. Norbert College. "Their gift will help St. Norbert College students for generations to come by providing a rigorous educational experience that engages them in community service and developmental experiences working with local organizations."

For decades, Don and Pat Schneider have enabled mission-focused work to advance Catholic education, including St. Norbert College. Their support enabled the college to establish the Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics, a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, as well as a new athletic stadium.
"Don and Pat's passion and involvement over the years have been instrumental in making St. Norbert an exemplary, mission-centered college," added Bruess. "In addition to supporting the college's mission, the Schneider family's contributions to community organizations are creating new opportunities for those who live, learn and work here."

Before his death in 2012, Don Schneider was an outstanding leader and visionary in faith, in community and in business. Don shared his time and talents with a wide range of academic, industry, business and community organizations including the United Way of Brown County, the Catholic High School Foundation, Notre Dame Academy, St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, among many others.

Don Schneider had a longstanding relationship with St. Norbert -- as a student, alumnus and trustee, as well as being a longtime adjunct instructor in the area of finance and business administration at the college. Don Schneider graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in business in 1957.

The Donald J. and Patricia A. Schneider Family gift of $30 million will be applied to the St. Norbert College endowment with sincere gratitude from the college community.
For more information, contact Mike Counter at or 920-403-3089.

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