The annual Distinguished Alumni Reception recognizes the accomplishments of an exemplary alum from each of the academic programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Those honored are nominated by department chairs, faculty and staff, based on criteria that includes professional accomplishments, awards, philanthropy, service and contributions to the college and university community.
In Fall 2017, the African and African American Studies program honored Lewis E. Forrest II ’96. Lewis graduated from Mason with a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in African American Studies. He later earned his master’s degree in counseling and development and was recognized by Mason’s College of Education and Human Development for outstanding achievement and academic excellence.
With years of experience as a professional school counselor in the Prince William County Public School system, Lewis is now an associate dean for University Life here at Mason. Within University Life, Lewis supervises three units and serves on several campus-wide committees and initiatives, many of which are specific to Well-Being and student engagement.
He previously served as the Executive Director of Mason’s Early Identification Program, which works to bring first generation college students successfully to and through the George Mason University experience.