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March 17: Lecture by President, CEO of Christensen Farms

Minnesota State Mankato alumnus Glenn Stolt to give Richard Schmitz Executive Lecture.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-11-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Glenn Stolt (pictured at right), president and CEO of Christensen Farms, will speak on “A Legacy of Entrepreneurialism – Providing Food to a Growing World” at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public, and parking is available in the visitor pay lot outside of the Centennial Student Union.

Stolt’s presentation is the 2015 installment of the Richard Schmitz Executive Lecture, an endowed lecture created by Richard and Mary Schmitz to encourage food entrepreneurship education in Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business.

Christensen Farms was founded in 1974 by the late Bob Christensen and his brother Lynn, who grew two bred gilts into one of the leading, family-owned, integrated pork producers in the world. Headquartered near Sleepy Eye, Minn., Christensen Farms operates in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois and South Dakota, and feeds over 15 million people every year.

Stolt graduated in 1989 from Minnesota State Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance) and later earned a master’s of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He joined Christensen Farms in October 2010 as vice president and chief financial officer after more than 20 years with large, publicly-held businesses. He accepted the CEO role at Christensen Farms in January 2013 and is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the company.

Richard Schmitz is a Minnesota State Mankato alumnus who completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1964. He has also served on the Minnesota State Mankato Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information, please contact Greta Fennell, director of communication & events in the College of Business, by phone at 507-389-5419 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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