Sheffield Forgemasters’ Graham Honeyman has become an honorary Doctor of Business Administration at Teesside University.
The Forgemasters chief executive studied for a PhD in metallurgy at Teesside, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, and received his honorary degree for his work in leading the rescue of Sheffield Forgemasters and subsequent success.
Earlier this year he was made an honorary professor of strategic management by Sheffield University and named chairman of its Management School.
Prof Honeyman said: “Teesside was a polytechnic when I was there and has now grown out of all recognition.
“It has gained a fantastic reputation. I am very proud to have received this accolade.
“As a company we’ve taken a lot of apprentices and graduates and our biggest ethos is to be true to yourself and always try and reach for the top.
“You can’t be ordinary, you have to be extraordinary.”
Eleven others were also honoured at the same ceremony.
Among them were BBC TV business journalist Stephanie McGovern; senior vice president of Delta Air Lines, Graeme Burnett and Teeside-born actor and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Benton.
Prof Honeyman has received a series of accolades for the work he has done at Forgemasters, including leading a management buyout team after the firm’s American owners hit financial troubles.
Earlier this year he won the Leadership and Strategy Award at The Manufacturer awards; Turnaround Entrepreneur Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards; Chief Executive of the Year at the PWC Private Business Awards and International Person of the Year at the Insider Yorkshire International Trade Awards.
Last year he won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining’s Bessemer Gold Medal for promoting the manufacture of engineering components to national and international importance.
Prior to that to this he was presented with the silver medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering and made a CBE for his services to the steel industry.
In 2010 and was named the inaugural Overall Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors’ Awards.