HUDDERSFIELD Town chairman Dean Hoyle has spoken of his pride at receiving an honorary degree.
The highly successful entrepreneur was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University.
It was for his significant contribution to the business community and his commitment to fundraising and charity.
Mr Hoyle said: “I’m really proud to receive this award, but I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family and those around me who have helped me to succeed. It’s a great honour.
“I would urge today’s graduating students to keep working hard to follow their ambitions and don’t give up if you encounter setbacks in business.”
Mr Hoyle was born in Wakefield and in 1997 established The Card Factory which went on to become a business consisting of over 500 shops nationwide, employing more than 5,000 staff.
In 2010, Mr Hoyle sold the business to became 100% owner of Huddersfield Town.
He combines his boardroom duties with an impressive list of fundraising activities.
On Friday he unveiled the Huddersfield Town Foundation which aims to provide free breakfasts for up to 1,000 needy children in the area. This scheme called Early Kick-off will be followed by a project to encourage young people to read more.
In the 2009/2010 season Huddersfield Town raised more than £125,000 for the Keep It Up campaign, a pioneering fundraising scheme created by the Club and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with YAA’s logo appearing on the front of the club’s first team home shirts.
Mr Hoyle also recently displayed his personal commitment to charitable causes by cycling from the Galpharm Stadium to Wembley to raise money for the Huddersfield Foundation Trust to enable over 800 children from schools across Kirklees to attend the League One play off final at Wembley which Town won to clinch a spot in the Championship.
Others receiving honorary degrees from Leeds Metropolitan include England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster, Red or Dead designer Wayne Hemmingway, Olympic torch designer Edward Barber, Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis and Mumtaz Khan Akbar who is the founder and owner of the Mumtaz Food Group.