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Notre Dame School of Milwaukee’s New President Steve Hasbrook

NDS leadership is thrilled that Steve Hasbrook will be the organization’s next leader.

By - Nov 30th, 2015 07:17 am
Steve Hasbrook. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee.

Steve Hasbrook. Photo courtesy of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (November 23, 2015)  Notre Dame School of Milwaukee (NDS) is pleased to announce that Steve Hasbrook has joined the organization as our new president. After a comprehensive search led by the NDS Presidential Search Committee and approved by the Sisters of Notre Dame and the NDS Board of Directors, NDS leadership is thrilled that Steve Hasbrook will be the organization’s next leader. The Board of Directors is confident that Steve is the visionary leader that will guarantee the success of NDS moving forward. Steve brings impressive results from his leadership roles at the Brady Corporation and the Kern Family Foundation where he spent the last 30 years honing his skills in management, program development, communications, marketing and fundraising. An inspirational and servant leader, Steve will ensure excellence for all in the NDS school community.    

“It is my honor and privilege to join Notre Dame School of Milwaukee as their next president,” said Steve Hasbrook. “The students, staff, families, Board and School Sisters of Notre Dame are exceptional and I am excited to build on the amazing foundation that already exists at NDS. My goal is to continue the transformation of students and our community by providing the best faith-based education possible. NDS will make certain that every graduate is prepared for college and career as well as a life full of faith, service and citizenship.”

Steve joins NDS from the Kern Family Foundation where he served as Program Director; the Kern Family Foundation is Wisconsin’s second largest private foundation. In his role for the Kern Family Foundation, Steve focused on creating systemic change in undergraduate engineering education.  He led a program team to develop an entrepreneurial engineering strategy with the mission to transform undergraduate engineering education in the United States.

Prior to the Kern Foundation, Steve held numerous leadership positions at the Brady Corporation with responsibility for business strategy, brand and new program development, marketing communications, e-commerce and collaboration, foundation program management, change management and employee and community development and engagement.  

A Wisconsin native, Steve holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been recognized four times by Brady Corporation with the Presidents Value Award and by Virchow Krause as eBusiness Manufacturer of the Year for his development of Brady’s e-commerce strategy. He also received the YMCA Key Leader Award for his service as Chairman of the Board of Camp Minikani, which serves children ages 4-18.

According to Mary Jo Dempsey, NDS Governance Chair, “Our committee led an exhaustive search and had a strong pool of candidates. Steve Hasbrook emerged as the right leader for our organization. We know he will be able to successfully lead the team, serve our families and execute on NDS priorities including extending our graduate assistance program, implementation of our STEM initiative and providing the strongest academic and Catholic education possible to each student.”

About Notre Dame School of Milwaukee

Notre Dame School (NDS) is a Catholic school in the heart of Milwaukee’s Hispanic community, dedicated to advancing the educational, spiritual and cultural well-being of at-risk Latino children. We serve nearly 400 students PK to 8th grade. We provide small class sizes and offer Catholic faith formation, dual language instruction, fine arts, and a commitment to educational equity and access to high quality education for disadvantaged students. Our students benefit significantly from an extended day and extended year program, allowing them to meet academic expectations and advance appropriately by grade level.  

Following in the Christian tradition, Notre Dame fosters respect, responsibility, and sharing of personal talents, and prepares students for admittance to a college preparatory high school.  In a bi-literate setting, with emphasis on leadership skills, critical thinking, and social justice, students are empowered to make positive contributions to society.  

Last year, our students grew 1.5 years in reading and 1.4 years in math as measured by the MAP assessment. As of the 2014-2015 school year, 439 students have graduated from Notre Dame School and have gone on to attend some of Milwaukee’s best college-preparatory high schools. In addition, 98% of Notre Dame alumni graduated from high school and 83% went to college. Comparatively, only 63% of Milwaukee Public School students graduate from high school and 76% of Hispanic students across the USA.  Finally, students spent more than 150 hours in religious education last year developing their faith and character.

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