Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence

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The University of Michigan Office of the Provost established the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence in 2004 as a memorial to an exemplary staff member. Candy Johnson was dedicated, compassionate and committed. Her special blend of professionalism and personality made work a little easier, and even better, for everyone.

The Office of the Provost wishes to recognize those staff members who, like Candy, are a positive influence in the workplace. If you know someone who truly makes a difference by combining enthusiasm with excellence, help us recognize his or her effort by making a nomination for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

A $500 cash award and certificate is presented annually by the Office of the Provost.

This award is made possible by gifts from Candy's friends and colleagues. Help spread the word: please print and post this PDF flier.

About the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence

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.

It’s hard to place a value on optimism in the workplace. But, you know it when you experience it. If you know a staff member who is a significant positive influence, the Office of the Provost invites you to nominate him or her for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

All regular staff members of the Ann Arbor Campus and Health System are eligible for the Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence.

Fill out the form, or use this printable nomination form.

Nominations are due no later than October 30, 2015.

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