UPDATE: St. Norbert College board holds vote, Pres. Bruess will stay

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FRIDAY 11/22/19 8:51 a.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – St. Norbert President Brian Bruess will be staying with the college after all.

In a story Local 5 previously reported on (original update below), it was announced that Brian Bruess would not be renewing his contract.

According to a letter sent to students on Friday morning, it looks like the school has had a change of heart.

In a vote by the board, a multi-year contract extension has been granted, securing President Bruess’ leadership over the college for at least the foreseeable future.

The full letter can be read below.

Dear St. Norbert Community:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns over the past three weeks. The board met yesterday and had an open and productive discussion about the future of St. Norbert College. The board voted to approve a multi-year contract extension with President Bruess.

The Trustees are grateful for the outpouring of support for the college and President Bruess’ leadership. We have heard from students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends who love this college and care deeply about its future. We have much work to do, but today we move forward confident in our leadership, united in our vision for the future of our college, and grounded in our Catholic, Norbertine and liberal arts traditions.


St. Norbert College Board of Trustees and President Brian Bruess

St. Norbert College’s Pres. Bruess will not renew contract

FRIDAY 11/1/19 12:29 p.m.

St. Norbert College President Brian Bruess is stepping down after the end of the 2019-20 school year.

In an email to the school community set to Local 5 by a student, Bruess says:

“It has been a privilege to lead St. Norbert College, my wife Carol’s and my Alma Mater, for these past three years. Our students are inspiring, and the staff and faculty are wildly talented and deeply committed to the education of our students. Moreover, the student experience is vibrant and our outcomes are uncommon and speak for themselves.”

Bruess goes on to say that he “will not be seeking a renewal of my contract.”

“I will complete this academic year, follow through on our collective agenda to be a nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts college, and provide steady and faithful support to the Board of Trustees in the search for my successor.”

Bruess adds, “While this is not the news you expected to receive from me today, know that I make this decision in full confidence of the mission and future of St. Norbert College: docere verbo et exemplo (to teach by word and example).”

Mike Van Asten, Chair of the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees, says:

“The St. Norbert College Board of Trustees would like to thank President Brian Bruess for his focus and dedication in serving St. Norbert College, its students, faculty, alumni and the greater community during the past two-plus years.

Our search for the ninth president of our institution is expected to begin within the next month. We are appreciative that President Bruess will remain with the College through the end of this academic year (June 30, 2020), which should allow for a seamless transition of leadership.

We wish Brian, and his wife Carol, all the best as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.”

Editor’s Note: The author of this story is a student with St. Norbert College

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