KU Grad Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The University of Kansas says this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is a Kansas graduate.

The university says in a release that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, is a 1973 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he majored in business and economic.

Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a civil war in Colombia. The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about.

The university says Santos arrived in Kansas in 1969 and earned his degree in seven semesters before returning to Colombia.

The university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presented Santos its Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012.