Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence

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Thanks for your interest in recognizing staff who deliver exceptional support! See a list of the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence recipients.

Award Updates

  • A call for award nominations is planned in early 2024.
  • The 2024 award recipient will be announced in the spring with a presentation event to follow.
  • Please look for an email announcement in early 2024 when the nomination form is available. 

About the Award

The Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence recognizes University of Michigan staff members whose commitment to excellence, teamwork, and a supportive environment make the university a great place to work.

Candy Johnson, a long-time staff member in the Office of the Provost, was dedicated to U-M and the people who support and further its mission. Candy strove for excellence and inspired others to do the same. She recognized the gifts and talents of her office colleagues and was unfailingly supportive of them. When Candy passed away in 2003, the provost’s office chose to honor her contributions to U-M by establishing this award in her memory. A $1000 award and a certificate are presented annually by the Office of the Provost. Gifts from Candy’s friends and colleagues support the award.

The Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence recognizes staff members who, like Candy, are a positive influence in the workplace. We invite nominations of people who truly make a difference in their office.


  • All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus and at Michigan Medicine are eligible.
  • Staff may be nominated by colleagues or supervisors or a combination of the two.

Questions about the award? Please ask via email

The Nomination Form Will be Available in Early 2024

Please look for an email announcement in early 2024 when the form will be available.