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St. Norbert College Appoints Co-Directors to Lead Center for Exceptional Leadership

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From St. Norbert College, December 13, 2023
by Nina Rouse,, 920-403-3153

Jamie O'Brien and Lucy Arendt have been named co-directors for the Center for Exceptional Leadership at St. Norbert College. O’Brien and Arendt will take over for Dean Stewart, who resigned in September after leading the CEL for five years.

The Center for Exceptional Leadership, part of the Schneider School for Business & Economics at St. Norbert College, is a leadership-development program that offers assessment, planning, development, coaching and mentorship. The program draws on an extensive network of expert, certified professionals both to conduct leadership assessments and to deliver individual and cohort-driven development experiences.

Both O'Brien and Arendt serve as professors of business administration -- management in the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert College. O'Brien, who earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and strategic management from the University of Limerick, Ireland, previously served as the associate dean of the Schneider School from 2018 to 2022. Arendt earned her Ph.D. in management science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Jamie and Lucy are exceptionally accomplished and experienced professionals,” said Kevin Quinn, dean of the Schneider School. “I am confident they will chart a course that will ensure the CEL's continued success while preserving its distinctive high-quality experience for participants.”

This strategic leadership transition underscores St. Norbert College's dedication to the CEL's continual growth and its impact in the northeast Wisconsin business community, Quinn adds.

Find more information about the Center for Exceptional Leadership at

About the Schneider School
The Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert College was established in 2014 through the generosity of Pat Schneider and her family. The Schneider School sets out to develop and empower ethical business leaders through passionate teaching and mentoring, engaged service and consequential scholarship. Setting out to be the intellectual hub for business in northeast Wisconsin, the Schneider School offers a portfolio of programming including undergraduate degree programs, the Schneider MBA program, the Center for Exceptional Leadership, the Center for Business & Economic Analysis and the Strategic Research Institute. Find more information about the Schneider School at

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