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Citadel News Service
17 Feb 2009

GE executive to give black history keynote address


General Electric Company Senior Executive James Mitchell Jr. will deliver the 2009 Black History Month keynote address 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26 in Graham Copeland Auditorium on The Citadel campus.  Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Citadel African American Studies Program and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mitchell’s talk is entitled “The significance of the election of President Barack Obama and why America needs an economic strategy at this crucial moment in history.”

An institutional investor for GE Asset Management, GE’s $130 billion investment management organization, Mitchell manages a $2.5 billion portfolio in private equity funds and co-manages GE’s $2.0 billion hedge fund portfolio.  Additionally, Mitchell leads the office of the chairman’s initiative to invest in minority and female-owned financial services firms.  During the last five years he has invested nearly $1 billion with these groups.

Mitchell has held senior staff positions for members of Congress and the governor of the state of Louisiana and served as a board member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Robert L. Toigo Foundation.  He currently serves as a member of the GE African American Forum, an organization whose mission is to promote cultural diversity in the work force.

For additional information, call Maj. Marcus S. Cox, assistant dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at 843-953-4857 or Maj. Robert Pickering Jr., director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 843-953-5096.

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