Described as a “humanistic spark plug” and an “unfailing source of good will for the university,” Patricia Hodges has been named the 2009 recipient of the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.
Hodges, executive assistant to the dean in the School of Art & Design will receive the award during a ceremony 4-5 p.m. Jan. 26 at A&D.
“(Hodges) continues to be the humanistic spark plug for the School of Art & Design, and to contribute in ever expanding ways throughout the university,” A&D Dean Bryan Rogers wrote in a nomination letter.
“Even more remarkable is her unfailing grace, patience, good will and humor — all of which make her invaluable, irreplaceable and, in my opinion, an ideal candidate.”
“The university was named a ‘Great College to Work For’ by the Chronicle of Higher Education. People like Pat Hodges have done a great deal to help us achieve this recognition,” says Teresa Sullivan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “On a daily basis Pat brings intelligence, imagination and good humor to the work of the university. We are pleased to recognize her contributions by presenting her with the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.”
Hodges has worked at U-M for 22 years, and at A&D for the last five years. A nomination letter describes her as “the administrator with a hand in every project; the go-to person for staff, faculty and students; the starting point for solving any problem, addressing any issue, answering any question, organizing any task.”