Honorary Fellow Program

To enhance the Paton Fellow Program’s mission of encouraging Michigan Ross BBAs to explore a career in accounting, the Paton Center created the Honorary Paton Fellow Award to honor individuals who through their accounting expertise have made significant contributions as business leaders. They may be “rising stars” or honored for lifetime contributions, living or posthumously. Secondary consideration may also be given to meritorious community or professional service and positive impact on Michigan Ross accounting education.

We invite you to nominate an individual for consideration, using our nomination form. Submissions are accepted from June 1st to September 1st annually. At the fall Paton Board meeting, nominations will be considered and the Board will select recipients to be honored at the winter Paton Fellow Induction Ceremony. 

Honorary Fellows are then inducted and formally recognized with BBA Junior and Senior Paton Fellows. This process strengthens the Paton Accounting Center’s relationship with key individuals in the profession and university, while the honorees serve as great examples to Paton Fellows of the diverse and rewarding opportunities in the field of accounting.

Nomination Form



Meet the 2017 Honorary Paton Fellows

Bob Anthony- 2017 Honorary Paton Fellow, Robert L. Anthony

Greg Jonas - 2017 Honorary Paton Fellow, Gregory J. Jonas


Meet the 2016 Honorary Paton Fellows

The Ultimate Mentor-2016 Honorary Paton Fellow: A Tribute to Carleton H. Griffin

Professor of Accounting, former Paton Center Director and Deloitte Chairman, Carleton H. Griffin (1928-2014).

A Valued Partner-2016 Honorary Paton Fellow: David R. Noonan

David R. Noonan, a partner in Assurance Services at Ernst & Young LLP was celebrated at the Michigan Ross Paton Fellow Induction Ceremony on March 31, 2016. Dave was named the Honorary Paton Fellow Active Partner.