Colombian president to visit campus

Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, will receive the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences today at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. The award is the highest recognition the college gives.

According to a University news release, Santos graduated from KU in 1973. Since his time in Lawrence, Santos has served in various Colombian governmental positions, including finance minister and national defense minister. In 2005, he founded the Partido de la U, Colombia’s largest political party.

Santos won the presidential election on Aug. 7, 2010, obtaining 9 million votes, the highest any candidate has received in Colombian democracy history. He will serve his term until 2014.

The award ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will present the award after Santos speaks and answers audience questions.

Santos will also be interviewed by Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics. KU News will live stream the conversation. To watch, go to

  • Updated Sep. 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm