Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) has received the Col. Michael S. Harris Award from the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Lopez was lauded for his efforts supporting immigrant students and the Virginia Community College System.

The award was presented at the General Assembly during the 17th annual Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day in Richmond. It honored the late Michael Harris, a past president of the Virginia AAUP and professor of French at Virginia Military Institute.