The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to Honor Two Alumni for Major Contributions in Accounting Education

Julie Booth and Robert Neary to Receive the Honorary Awards During Ceremony Next Spring

The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today that two alumni will be recognized as honorees of the 2018 Honorary Paton Fellow Award.

Julie Booth and the late Robert (Bob) Neary will be honored at the Paton Fellow Induction Ceremony, which takes place on March 22, 2018, at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business building. This award recognizes alumni and individuals who have made significant contributions in the accounting industry and have made a positive impact in Michigan Ross accounting education. This is the third year that Honorary Paton Fellows have been recognized at the Paton Fellow Induction ceremony. Previous recipients are Gregory Jonas, former partner at Arthur Andersen; Robert Anthony, former Partner at PwC; the late Carl Griffin, Michigan Ross emeritus professor of accounting and former director of the Paton Accounting Center; and Dave Noonan, partner in Assurance Services at Ernst & Young (EY).

"I am excited to extend congratulations to Julie Booth and the late Bob Neary for being recognized as the 2018 Honorary Paton Fellow Award recipients," said Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. "On behalf of the Paton Accounting Center, the Paton Advisory Board, and Michigan Ross, we are proud to celebrate their achievements and trailblazing work, which serves as an incredible example to today's students interested in the profession."

Neary, who will receive the award posthumously, received his Bachelor of Business Administration (‘55) from U-M. He was a partner at EY, where he served in various positions, including vice chairman of Accounting and Auditing and co-chairman. An innovator and trailblazer, Neary was instrumental in the merger that formed E&Y in 1989 and implementing a global audit methodology used by member firms worldwide. As an advocate for student mentorship and education, Neary helped to establish the EY Fund for Excellence, raising millions of dollars in scholarships at U-M and co-created an EY internship-scholarship program for business school students interested in accounting and taxation.

Booth received her Bachelor of Business Administration (‘90) from U-M. She is the chief financial officer and treasurer of Quicken Loans, where she’s been since 2003. Prior to Quicken Loans, she spent 13 years at EY, where she served in various capacities in banking and mortgage banking. As CFO, she leads the accounting and finance procurement, partner relationship management and internal audit teams. Booth has served as chair of the Financial Management Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association. She is currently a board of directors member for Make-A-Wish Michigan.         

The Honorary Paton Fellow Award was established to enhance the Paton Fellow program’s mission of encouraging Michigan undergraduate students to explore a career in accounting. Honorees may be chosen as “rising stars” within the profession, selected for lifetime contributions, or recognized for service that has positively impacted Michigan Ross accounting education. Nominations for this award are publicly sought on an annual basis. Members of the Paton Advisory Board held a vote to collectively determine this year’s honorees.

In addition to unveiling the Honorary Paton Fellow Award recipients, rising Michigan Ross juniors and seniors with exemplary academic performance will be named Paton Fellows. Senior Fellows who decide to pursue admission to the Master of Accounting program and maintain a strong GPA at the time of application are guaranteed MAcc program tuition assistance of at least $15,000.

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