Candy Johnson began her career at the University of Michigan in 1972, at the Medical Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. In 1989, she transferred to the Office of the Provost and was employed there until her untimely death in 2003. She touched many lives throughout the University community during her 32 years of service.
Candy will always be remembered for her positive outlook, her caring attitude, strong work ethic, and for inspiring those around her to do their best. She was a valued colleague, mentor, and source of valuable knowledge.
"Candy Johnson made everyone around her feel like they had a friend, and made everyone's work easier and more enjoyable. “Everyone misses her and we count ourselves lucky to have known her," says Paul N. Courant, former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Candy had a ready smile, a personal interest in the lives of colleagues and their families, and a willingness to help everyone. This resulted in many of the faculty and staff she worked with becoming her friend.
With help from her many friends and coworkers, the Provost’s Office established this award to recognize and remember their colleague, Candy.