General Mills Plant Manager Rue Patel to share experience as first-generation immigrant, Nov. 16

Mount Mercy University will host General Mills Plant Manager Rue Patel on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Sisters of Mercy University Center, as part of the Barbara A. Knapp Business Speaker Series and Fall Faculty Series. Patel will share his experience as a first-generation immigrant from India.

“In addition to Rue's success as a business leader for the largest plant of one of the nation's largest manufacturers, Rue is a servant leader in our community as well as a first generation immigrant,” said Nate Klein, assistant professor of business.

Patel graduated from Purdue University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and has worked at General Mills for 25 years. A strong believer in giving back to his community, Patel sits on many boards, including those for Mercy Medical Center, United Way, Boys & Girls Club, and Especially For You.

Klein said Patel’s inspiring story is especially beneficial to those who aspire to be trailblazers.

“We are looking forward to giving students and our community an opportunity to learn that no matter their background or where they come from, they can achieve success not only in the business world, but also in the community by leading a courageous life as a servant leader,” Klein said.

The Barbara A. Knapp Business Speaker Series is named in honor of Mount Mercy board of trustees member and retired chair and CEO of SCI Financial Corp., Barbara Knapp. This annual series hosts influential speakers on business-related topics of benefit to the campus and greater community.

In past years, community leaders Audrey Boone Tillman, Dr. Dolly Clement, Suku Radia and others have visited campus as a part of the series.

Patel’s visit is also a part of Mount Mercy’s 2016 Fall Faculty Series, Building Walls, Building Bridges: The U.S. as an Immigrant Nation. The three-month series showcases multiple presentations, performances and stories that explore what immigration has meant to our history as well as what immigration means to us now.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, contact Professor Nate Klein at

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