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Patrick Mendis has been named an Alumnus of Notable Achievement at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. He is pictured here with previous award recipient Rebecca Blank, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce, at an event in Washington, D.C. Submitted photo

Former Perham exchange student earns honors

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Dr. Patrick Mendis, a former AFS exchange scholar from Sri Lanka to Perham High School (1978-79), was recently named an Alumnus of Notable Achievement at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

Mendis graduated from the college in 1989 with a Ph.D. in geography/applied economics, and also earned a master’s degree in international development and foreign policy from the University’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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