September 18, 2017
The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) honored Dmitri Stockton with its Lifetime Service Award, reserved for those whose lives have been dedicated to promoting the cause of educational opportunity, at its 37th Annual Conference, September 14th, held at the Washington Hilton. Mr. Stockton is the former Senior Vice President of GE Company and Chairman, President and CEO of GE Asset Management, a global firm managing nearly $120 billion in assets. He recently retired from GE and is now a Corporate Board Director and Senior Advisor in Private Equity.
COE recognized Mr. Stockton and five others as TRIO alumni. The federal TRIO college access and support programs have been helping low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities succeed in college against all odds for more than 50 years. As a high school student in Virginia, Mr. Stockton enrolled in one such TRIO program, Upward Bound.
Mr. Stockton spoke of the need to encourage young people to pursue their dreams no matter what limited economic or family circumstances they face. "How powerful a message it is to hear tonight from the awardees, and to acknowledge what is possible, when somebody gets just a little bit of support and help," Mr. Stockton said. He also thanked his family and those who encouraged him during his 30-year career at General Electric.
"Dmitri Stockton has been tireless in his commitment to helping all students overcome barriers to college," said Maureen Hoyler, president and CEO of the Council for Opportunity in Education. "His efforts have touched countless lives, and we are grateful for his commitment and leadership."
Mr. Stockton serves as a Board Director for Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) and Board Director Elect for American Family Insurance. He is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council, Georgetown University Board of Regents, and the North Carolina A&T State University College of Business and Economics Executive Advisory Council. He was selected as one of Savoy Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America for 2012, 2014, and 2016, and as one of Black Enterprise Magazine's 75 Most Powerful on Wall Street in 2011.