Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has been awarded a Doctor of Science degree in the annual Cranfield University graduation ceremony.
Pete Winkelman joined 2,500 postgraduate students and the other honorary graduates from the world of business receiving degrees at the colourful ceremonies which were held over two days last week.
Mr Winkelman said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to receive this wonderful award from Cranfield University.
“They are a world-class institution playing an important and integral part in the economic and community development of our South East/Midlands region.”
Since moving to Milton Keynes in 1993, Mr Winkelman established Great Linford Manor, Europe’s leading residential recording studios, following a successful and varied career in the music industry in London.
He has worked with the public and private sectors to deliver Milton Keynes’ ambition to host professional league football and develop a landmark multi-purpose sports and spectator events complex.
Stadium:mk is the home of Championship club MK Dons FC, which was officially opened in 2007 by Her Majesty the Queen. The 30,500-seater stadium has been chosen for many international events since then and that will continue in October when it hosts three Rugby World Cup 2015 fixtures - the third largest sporting event in the world.
The University also awarded six other honorary graduate awards in recognition of each individual’s major influence in business and society.
Mr Samir Brikho, Chief Executive, Amec Foster Wheeler Plc; Ms Chris Browne OBE, Chief Operating Officer, TUI Aviation; Ms Anita Frew, Chairman Designate, Croda International Plc; Mr Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive, Barclays; Mr Johathan Lyle, Chief Executive, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Mr Tony Wood, President – Aerospace, Rolls-Royce Plc.
Cranfield, the exclusively postgraduate university, along with its Technology Park, fully participates in the South East Midlands economy, being one of the top three employment providers in the Central Bedfordshire area.
Working with over 1,500 businesses and governments around the world, the University has also committed to support local business engagement.
As a member of South East Midlands Universities (SEMU), it works with businesses to explore the challenges of innovation and commercialism, boosting long-term financial growth for the region.