He admits he’s done well for a lad from Deighton.
And for University of Huddersfield Vice Chancellor Prof Bob Cryan, yesterday provided the icing on the cake.
The dad of two was at Buckingham Palace to receive his CBE from the Prince of Wales.
He was awarded the honour in the Queens’ Birthday Honours last summer and was joined at the glittering ceremony at the Palace by his wife Kath and children Joseph and Georgia.
And not only that, he was delighted to receive a private invitation from the Duke of York, patron of the University, after the ceremony to join him for a private celebration.
“It was amazing”, said Prof Cryan. “The whole day was brilliant and to get an invite to the Duke’s office capped it all.
“He even tweeted congratulations to me which must be a first, and spent a long time chatting to my Kath and the children.
“I was really honoured to be there. As soon as I set foot inside the Palace, i saw a portrait of Queen Victoria identical to the one we have in Huddersfield Town Hall, so I felt a little bit of home was there.
“And I made sure I wore my Huddersfield Giants cuff-links for the ceremony”.
Prof Cryan returned eight years ago to head up the University where he himself had studied engineering many years earlier.
He is enormously proud of his roots, growing up in Deighton and still living in the town.
And as he admitted”: It’s not bad, a lad from Deighton getting a CBE”.
Prof Cryan, 50, took up the post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield in January 2007, and now heads a University with over 22,000 students from over 120 countries.
He holds two first class honours degrees (Engineering, Mathematics), an MBA and two doctorates (PhD, DSc) and he is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and in 2013 he was awarded The Guardian Inspiring Leader Award.