The George Commenator Award was created in 2005 in memory of George Commenator an outstanding individual and Region XI NAFSA member, whose professional life was dedicated to the field of international education, and who provided extensive service to the regional and national NAFSA community. This lifetime achievement award will honor a NAFSA Region XI member who has provided extensive service to the regional and/or national NAFSA community.

This award includes and plaque and a free registration to all Region XI events. The official presentation of the award will be made at the regional conference.

Past Recipients

Past recipients include:

  • 2005 - John Eng-Wong (Brown University) and Mary Tinkham (Harvard)
  • 2006 - Gene Chamberlain (MIT)
  • 2007 - Bob Chudy (UConn) 
  • 2008 - Stephen Lambert (Plymouth State University)
  • 2009 - No award given
  • 2010 - Steve Harvey (Southern New Hampshire University)
  • 2011 - No award given
  • 2012 - No award given
  • 2013 - Patricia Vokbus (UMASS)
  • 2014 - Andrea (Andi) Walgren (Boston University) 
  • 2015 - Don Ross (Salem State University), and Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook (MIT) - awarded posthumously
  • 2016 - No award given
  • 2017 - Tom Thomsen (WPI)