Terry received the honorary fellowship of University Campus Suffolk in a ceremony at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
College bosses said the EADT had been at the forefront of the efforts to establish a university in Suffolk, thereby helping to raise educational aspirations among the county’s young people.
Richard Carter, chairman of governors at West Suffolk College, said: “If ever there was an individual who believes in Suffolk it is Terry.
“As editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, he ensures this his newspaper reflects the hopes, aspirations and concerns of Suffolk people.
“As well as being informative, a good newspaper also seeks to educate, entertain and encourage the communities it serves. Terry ensures that his paper keeps those duties in focus.
“I believe this Honorary Fellowship could not be bestowed on a more deserving person. Hs commitment to our county and its well-being is beyond doubt.”
Terry has worked for Archant Suffolk for 32 years, the last 15 of them as the editor of the EADT.
Accepting the award, he said: “I am enormously honoured to receive this Honorary Fellowship.
“Any award of this nature is, of course, a tremendous accolade. But for me, this recognition is all the more special because it comes from University Campus Suffolk, the university which our county has needed for so long.”