Dr. Neal Lester, author and professor of English at Arizona State University, was honored with an achievement award for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of West Georgia 36th annual Alumni Association Awards Gala. A native of Jefferson, Ga., Lester graduated from the University of West Georgia in 1981 with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

The UWG Alumni Association presents annual achievement awards to graduates who have brought credit to the University of West Georgia or the alumni association through career achievement in business, nursing, education, arts and humanities, science and mathematics, or social sciences.

Lester has received numerous awards throughout his career including the UWG David Bottoms Distinguished Alumni award, ASU parents Association Professor of the Year, ASU Foundation Professor of English and the Arizona Humanities Council Distinguished Public Scholar.

A professor of English at Arizona State University since 1997, Lester’s area of specialization is in African American literacy and cultural studies, a subject in which he has been published multiple times

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