- Khan Academy founder Salman Khan received Austin College's 2013 Posey Leadership Award at the institution's Global Outreach Forum at Dallas' Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Thursday.
- Khan won the award—which comes with a $100,000 check—for his vision and passion to spread education to everyone, and former winners include Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus and Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman.
- Austin College president Marjorie Hass said that students have told her that Khan Academy helped them get into college, and Todd Williams, chairman of the college's board of directors, said Khan "set a tough bar" for next year's winner.
From the article:
With degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science and business, Salman Khan studied seemingly everything but education. Yet he’s becoming the world’s first superstar teacher.
His Khan Academy videos have been viewed more than 200 million times in recent years. Millions of students visit his site each month. Volunteers translate his videos into more than 25 languages. And he offers all of the knowledge for free. ...