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The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business held their annual Paton Fellow induction ceremony last week, in which it announced the inaugural recipients of its Honorary Paton Fellow Award – awarded to honor alumni and individuals who have made significant contributions to the accounting industry and impacted Michigan Ross accounting education.

Carl Griffin and Dave Noonan were also honored as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement and Active Partner awards. Recipient of the Honorary Paton Fellow Award for his Lifetime Achievement, the late Carl Griffin (’50) later joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Business School as a Professor of Accounting, where he taught undergraduate accounting courses and served as Director of the Paton Accounting Center. Carl’s wife, Mary Lou, accepted the award on his behalf.

Dave Noonan was recognized as the Honorary Paton Fellow Award recipient for Active Partner. Following his graduation from the University of Michigan Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting programs (’94), Noonan serves on the Alumni Board of Governors at the Ross School and previously served as the Chair of the Paton Advisory Board for Excellence in Accounting Education at the University.

The Honorary Paton Fellow Award was established to encourage Michigan Ross Bachelor of Business Administration students to explore a career in accounting. The addition of the honorary award will serve to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the accounting industry and to inspire inductees. Paton Advisory Board members nominated individuals for consideration and held a vote to collectively determine this year’s honorees.

“The Paton Advisory Board and the entire Paton Accounting Center extends its congratulations to Dave Noonan and the family of Carl Griffin as we come together to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of both men to the field of accounting and the Master of Accounting community at the University of Michigan,” said Cathy Shakespeare, faculty director, master of accounting program, per a statement. “Both Carl and Dave have contributed to the overall success of our Master of Accounting program, which is experiencing significant growth as interest in an accounting career continues to blossom among undergraduate students. The ongoing support of alumni and supporters such as Carl and Dave demonstrate the importance of developing and fostering future leaders in the growing field of accounting.”

In addition to Honorary Paton Fellow Award recipients, 37 rising Michigan Ross juniors and seniors with stellar academic performances were named Paton Fellows. Senior Fellows who decide to pursue admission to the Master of Accounting program and maintain a 3.8 cumulative GPA at the time of application are guaranteed Master of Accounting Program tuition assistance of at least $15,000.

For more on the Paton Fellow Awards please visit, head to the Ross School of Business site here site here.