College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

The College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni award recognizes an alumnus, or alumna, for his or her professional achievements and contributions in the education or recreation, health and tourism related fields. Each year’s distinguished alumni represents the college’s core values of collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice, and social justice.

Previous Winners

2019: Thomas J. Snee

MEd Education Leadership ‘06

Thomas J. Snee

Thomas J. Snee is the National Executive Director for the Fleet Reserve Association and Co-Chair for The Military Coalition representing over 5.5M active, reserve, veterans and retiree service members.

2017: Dr. Britt J. Davis

BS Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies ’91, MPA ’96

Dr. Britt J. Davis

Dr. Britt Davis is currently the Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Senior Advisor to the President at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.

2016: Sharon LePage Plante

MEd Special Education ’96

Sharon LePage Plante

Sharon LePage Plante currently teaches students with learning disabilities and dyslexia at Eagle Hill Southport School in Southwestern Connecticut.

2015: Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro

MEd Special Education ’96

Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro

Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro is chief executive officer at the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section.

2014: Melissa Porfirio

MEd Curriculum and Instruction ’05

Melissa Porfirio

Melissa Porfirio was named Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

2013: Amy Bokker

MS Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion ’08

Amy Bokker

Amy Bokker is Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse at Stanford University.

2012: Dayton Moore

BSEd Physical Education ’91, MS Physical Education ’93

Dayton Moore

Dayton Moore is the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals.

2011: Dean M. Ravizza

BSEd Physical Education ’91, MS Physical Education ’92

2010: Barbara Acosta

PhD Education ’05

2009: K. Lynn Boyer

MA Psychology ’84, PhD Education ’99

2008: Jill Jakulski

PhD Education ’04