UGA Vacates Award for Mortenson

by Dalton Main on June 6, 2011

The University of Georgia has vacated a prize that was supposed to be given to author Greg Mortenson. The decision means that this year’s Delta Prize for Global Understanding will not be awarded to anyone.

Mortenson is facing accusations of fabricating stories in his best selling book, Three Cups of Tea, which has launched an investigation by his publisher. Meanwhile, his charity is facing an investigation by the Montana Attorney General amid accusations of financial mismanagement.

Delta Prize board member Dr. Betty Jean Craige declined to comment on the details of the decision but says it was reviewed by everyone involved.

“It was a decision made by the senior administration of the University of Georgia and the directors of the Delta Prize.”

Mortenson was to receive the prize from UGA on April 8 at a banquet that was cancelled because the author was sick.

The University of Louisville is scheduled to award Mortenson the Grawemeyer Award for Education in September.

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