Former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor John Craven, received his CBE from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.
Professor Craven received the award for his services to higher education and to the community in Portsmouth.
He attended the ceremony with his wife Laura and two children, Matthew and Rebecca.
He said: “I was delighted to go to Windsor Castle because it’s so splendid and the whole event was rather lovely. My son flew in from New York and my daughter joined from London for a full family celebration. It was a very enjoyable occasion, much like a graduation ceremony.”
Professor Craven retired from the University in July after 16 years as Vice-Chancellor. He led the University through the many changes that have transformed it into the large, modern, teaching and research institution it is today, recognised as a major player in the city and region with a strong international profile.
Professor Craven said he felt very privileged to receive his award from the Queen: “She was certainly aware of the University of Portsmouth and commented on how much the institution had grown.”