Professor John Craven has been awarded the Lifetime Achiever award in The News Business Excellence Awards 2013.
The Business Excellence Awards is an annual event that celebrates local businesses, focussing on success stories and high achievers.
The categories include overall business of the year, start-up business of the year, innovation of the year, as well as the lifetime achiever award.
Professor Craven is due to retire this summer after 16 years as Vice Chancellor of the University.
Editor of The News, Mark Waldron, said, “The News’ Business Excellence Awards have, for 11 years now, been run to recognise excellence in every sector and this particular award is for those people whose work has reshaped the business community in the city for the better.
“The judges felt that Professor Craven’s dedication to linking education with business, locally, nationally and internationally, has had such an impact since he became vice-chancellor in 1997 that there could be no worthier winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to wish him well in his retirement.”
Professor Craven said, “I am very honoured to receive the lifetime achievement award, and am very flattered that this was considered by the judges at the annual Portsmouth Business Excellence Awards.
“In the time that I have been in Portsmouth, the University’s support for local businesses, large and small, has increased significantly. This contribution to the local economy is the work of many people within the University, and I salute them for their commitment and hard work.”
Professor Graham Galbraith, currently deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, will join the University as the new Vice Chancellor in September 2013.