Press Release

Second Annual Distinguished Alumni with the Award for Professional Excellence Announced


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (September 12, 2023)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults in central Ohio, celebrated its 174th Commencement on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. Along with honoring the graduates, the University recognized Thomas Wolf with the Alumni Award for Professional Excellence.

Thomas Wolf, CPA, has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting field. He is the founder and managing member of Wolf Financial Group LLC, a full-service accounting firm with offices in Canton and Columbus. Wolf Financial Group LLC has earned a reputation for outstanding accounting, tax, and advisory services and has been recognized with many professional awards. The firm provides business consulting services, tax preparation services for individuals and businesses, tax planning services, accounting services, payroll processing, QuickBooks setup and implementation, and tax resolution services.

Tom completed an associate degree in business management, as well as an associate degree in accounting at Stark State College. A first-generation college student, he built on his initial academic success and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Franklin University.

In 2015, Tom was elected as the Plain Township fiscal officer. He is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, an international business, management, and administration honor society, and the Society of Leaders Scholars. Tom is treasurer for numerous nonprofit organizations, including the NFL Alumni Association, and is a Plain Township Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. The founder of the charitable organization Heroes Honored, Inc., he also serves as a Boy Scout adult leader for Troop 35 in North Canton.

Tom and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Olivia, Grace, and Tommy, and a grandson, Theodore

About the Franklin University Alumni Awards
The Franklin University Alumni Awards were created to recognize the many achievements of Franklin University alumni, both professionally and personally. The awards, open to all alumni, distinguish accomplishments in three categories: professional excellence, social impact, and alumnus of the year. 
One of the three awards is announced at each of the University's Commencement ceremonies on a rotating basis. The Franklin University Alumni Advisory Council considers nominations and makes its recommendations to the University’s president for approval.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit, and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. Through agreements with partner institutions, the University also offers international academic programs, including its top-ranked MBA.

Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Franklin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

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