Michigan Ross recognizes distinguished accounting professionals for their significant contributions to the industry

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan, January 13, 2022

ANN ARBOR, Mich., January 13, 2022 / PRNewswire / – The Stephen M. Ross School of Business recently announced the 2022 recipients of its Honorary Paton Fellow Award: karen bird and James leisenring. Bird and Leisenring will be recognized at the induction ceremony for Paton Fellows on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

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Founded in 2016, the Honorary Paton Fellow Award annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the accounting industry. A background of community or professional service and a positive impact on Michigan Ross accounting education is common among Honorary Members. Honorary Fellows are recognized alongside Paton Fellows, high performing junior and senior undergraduates pursuing careers related to accounting.

karen bird
Bird received his undergraduate degree from Lake Superior State University and his MBA from Michigan Ross. After graduation, Bird combined her passion for accounting and teaching, starting her 30-year career as a lecturer at Michigan Ross. She has focused on teaching undergraduate financial accounting and management courses for many years and has co-authored a textbook specifically designed for Ross BBA students titled Financial Accounting. For the past several years, Bird has served as Associate Director of Educational Development, a Michigan Ross doctoral program that provides support and resources to develop teaching and research skills. She has also served on the BBA Curriculum Review Committee to assist the top ranked BBA Curriculum.

During his time at Michigan Ross, Bird had a significant impact on the lives of countless students, many of whom decided to pursue accounting after their experience in his classes.

James leisenring
Leisenring received his undergraduate degree at Albion College and his MBA of Western Michigan University. He joined the staff of the Financial Accounting Standards Board in 1982 as Director of Research and Technical Activities. In the years that followed, he was appointed a member of the FASB before being appointed vice-president. He was also chairman of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of CPAs and was appointed a member of the International Accounting Standards Board. In 2003, he was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame and received the AICPA Gold Medal in 2019.

Leisenring has made a profound impact on the lives of many students and colleagues by sharing his knowledge and passion for accounting. He is often referred to as a giant in the accounting world, and he continues to contribute to the profession through a senior advisor role to the FASB and his extensive work on the Conceptual frame.

About Michigan Ross
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan is a diverse learning community founded on the premise that businesses can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s vibrant global economy. The mission of the Ross School of Business is to build a better world through business. Through reflection and action, members of the Ross community lead the change and innovation that improves business and society.

Michigan Ross is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in the world. University degree programs include Bachelor of Business Administration, Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA (online and weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Analytics , Master of Management, Master of Supply Chain Management, and doctorate. In addition, the school offers open and personalized enrollment programs for executives targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management. For more information, visit MichiganRoss.umich.edu.

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