Milton Keynes Dons chairman, Pete Winkelman, is set to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire.
Mr Winkelman will become an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration when he is recognised for his outstanding contribution to the life and community of Milton Keynes.
He moved to the city in 1993 where he bought recording studios at Great Linford Manor. He then brought professional football to Milton Keynes in 2004 along with a 30,000 seater stadium, which has hosted under 21 games and will welcome three 2014 Rugby World Cup matches.
Paul Sant, associate dean at University Campus Milton Keynes, said: “We are excited to be establishing ourselves as a centre of excellence for Higher Education in Milton Keynes.We are particularly excited and proud to be strengthening our bond with the local community through our partnership with MK Dons. It is therefore our pleasure to award an honorary degree to Mr Pete Winkelman who has done so much for Milton Keynes.”
The ceremony will be on Friday at 10.30am at Christ the Cornerstone Church.