Staff excellence award returns with twice the recognition


After a one-year pause, the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence is once again accepting nominations for staff members whose commitment to excellence, teamwork and a supportive environment make the university a great place to work.

The university usually honors one staff member each year. This year, two awards will be presented in acknowledgement of the university community rising to meet remarkable challenges.

All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible and may be nominated by colleagues or supervisors or a combination of the two. Recipients will each receive $500 and a certificate presented by the Office of the Provost. Nominations are due by Dec. 31. 

“It’s the university’s very good fortune to have talented and committed staff members in offices and programs across the campus,” Provost Susan M. Collins said. “Their dedicated work is key to the success of our students and our faculty. It’s wonderful to recognize their contributions as we honor Candy Johnson’s legacy.”

Johnson was a longtime staff member in the Provost’s Office. When she died in 2004, the Provost’s Office chose to honor her contributions to U-M by establishing an award in her memory.

Johnson was dedicated to U-M and the people who support its mission. She strove for excellence and inspired others to do the same. She recognized the gifts and talents of her office colleagues and was continually supportive of them.


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