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

Dr. Britt J. Davis


Dr. Britt J. Davis
BS ‘91, MPA ‘96

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

Sharon LePage Plante


Sharon LePage Plante
MEd ‘96

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

Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro


Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro
BS ‘01

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

Melissa Porfirio


Melissa Porfirio
MS ‘05

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

Amy Umphlett Bokker


Amy Umphlett Bokker
MS ‘08

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

Dayton Moore


Dayton Moore
BSEd ‘91, MS ‘93

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


Dean M. Ravizza
BS ‘91, MS ‘93


Barbara Acosta
PhD ‘05


K. Lynn Boyer
MA ’84, PhD ‘99


Jill Jakulski
PhD ‘04