T. Chris George Elected Chair, Council for Opportunity in Education Board of Directors
COE is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.
WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2021) — At its 40th anniversary national conference last month, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) elected T. Chris George as 2021-2022 chair of its Board of Directors. George is Director of TRIO at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. He has a long history of working in federal TRIO programs that help low-income students and students with disabilities gain entrance to college and graduate.
“Working in TRIO makes us think different,” George said during his installation remarks as the incumbent COE board chair. “We need to continue to think different. The next step is to continue to change the world, one student at a time.”
George spoke briefly about his love of baseball and softball, and said he thinks of the mission of empowering others, especially students, in baseball terms. “You don’t have to move mountains. You just have to move the runner in the scoring position. We sacrifice every day moving students in scoring position. Their scoring position is graduation, changing their lives by retention, getting college education and being successful in their careers.”
George holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Arts in History, and is an Education Specialist in School Leadership, all from Western Kentucky University. He also holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Cumberlands.
“Chris has a nationwide reputation for energy, leadership and student advocacy,” said Maureen Hoyler, COE’s president and CEO. “I look forward to seeing all the ‘good trouble’ and enthusiasm he will inspire in the next year.”
Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host Federal TRIO Programs that help more than 800,000 low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services.