Sir Bob Murray is to become the new Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University.
The businessman, philanthropist, and passionate supporter of education who also has a CBE will be officially installed at a formal ceremony at the university next year.
Sir Bob has been a leading business figure in Yorkshire for the last 43 years.
But he is probably best known for his chairmanship of Sunderland AFC from 1986 to 2006 - selling it to Niall Quinn and a consortuium. He is now its life president.
Sir Bob is co-sponsor of Academy 360 which educates four to 16-year-olds and set up the pioneering Foundation of Light charity.
In 1969 he studied accountancy at the old Leeds Polytechnic.
The father-of-three, who wife Sue is from Leeds, said: “I feel very privileged to have been invited to become chancellor of such an esteemed institution and was thrilled to accept.”