Robert Grafton (‘63 BS)
W. Robert Grafton, a native of Moorefield, W.Va., graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1963.
Grafton was managing partner-chief executive of Anderson Worldwide SC, a global professional services entity comprised of two business units – Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting. With a presence in 81 countries, Andersen Worldwide is the largest professional services firm in the United States with revenues of almost $7 billion and the second largest worldwide with revenues in excess of $16 billion. Arthur Andersen is one of the “Big Five” public accounting firms employing 70,000 professionals and staff and Andersen Consulting is the largest consulting firm in the world with 65,000 professionals and staff.
He began his career with Arthur Andersen, LLP in 1963, after graduating from WVU. As an Arthur Andersen partner, Grafton has served as managing partner in the Baltimore, Md. office, Washington D.C., office, Audit and Business Advisory Practice, and Southeast Region. He served on the Andersen Worldwide Board of Partners from 1991 and was chairman from 1994-97. He was managing partner-chief executive of Andersen Worldwide.
He has provided volunteer leadership for several higher education institutions. His service to higher education has included trustee/member of the Executive Committee for Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia and as a board member for both the Business School Advisory Board at Towson State College in Maryland and James Madison University in Virginia.
Mr. Grafton has also been active in a number of professional, community and charitable organizations during his career and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai.
Grafton reunited with his alma mater, serving as a distinguished lecturer for the College of Business & Economics.