AICPA Announces UT Austin Professor Michael Granof as 2017 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award Winner

August 9, 2017

San Diego (August 9, 2017) - The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) today announced Michael Granof, professor at The University of Texas at Austin, as the winner of the 2017 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. The honor is designed to recognize full-time college accounting educators distinguished for excellence in teaching and for national prominence in the accounting profession. The award was announced at the annual meeting of the American Accounting  Association (AAA) in San Diego.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Granof holds a joint appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business as the University Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor in Accounting.

“The contributions that Professor Granof has made as an educator and author have benefitted the accounting profession immensely,” said Steve Matzke, AICPA Director of Faculty and University Initiatives. “Dr. Granof's engaging teaching style has made accounting approachable to students and encouraged many to enter the profession. He is truly deserving of this award.”

Granofs career as an educator spans more than four decades, during which time he has authored a successful textbook on accounting for governmental and nonprofit entities, which is currently in its 7th edition. In addition, Granof has served the profession in a number of volunteer roles. He is a past member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards and Association of Government Accountants’ Financial Management Standards Board. Granof is the only academic to have served concurrently on both the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).

Throughout his career, Granof has received many honors and accolades including the 2010 Enduring Lifetime Contribution Award from the Government and Nonprofit Section of the American Accounting Association. In 2008, the University of Texas Graduate School established The Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award in his honor. 

Granof earned a BA at Hamilton College, and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the AICPA, Texas Society of CPAs and American Accounting Association.