Mr Kissman became chair of Broxtowe college in Nottingham in 1992 and helped to steer it out of debt. He said of his award: "I was surprised and delighted. I have enjoyed every minute of being a college governor."
He was personnel director for high-street chemist Boots when he joined the board at Broxtowe, becoming chair a year later. He also spent three years on the Association of Colleges' board.
Colonel John Sweeting, chief executive of the Treloar Trust, receives the CBE. The trust runs a school and an FE college in Alton, Hampshire, for young people with physical disabilities.
MBEs have been awarded to Robert French, a volunteer with the Workers Educational Foundation; Judith Swift, national development officer with the Trades Union Congress' learning services; and Sandra Furby, the manager of Future Prospects in York, for services to adult learning.