HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, was given the Distinguished Citizen Medal on Wednesday at a city council meeting.

The medal is the highest honor that city council may bestow on someone. It's been given less than 30 times.

A resolution read at the council meeting noted Harvey achieved several things which made him a worthy recipient of the award, including his commitment to expansion and innovation in the university's academic programs.

Hampton University was also recognized at the meeting for being a "foundation for education and community building" in Hampton for 150 years.