On behalf of the Board of Regents, I am pleased to present a KUDOS Award to Nancy M. Johnson, office associate in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
A member of the UNK staff since 2012, Nan is credited by her supervisor, Professor and Department Chair Grace Ann Mims, for “exceptional service, an extraordinary skill set, a strong work ethic, and for dramatically increasing department efficiency and productivity.”
Nan’s responsibilities include processing financial transactions; providing budget projections; assisting with student admissions and graduate assistant searches; and maintaining accreditation data. Her knowledge of business principles has promoted a deeper understanding of departmental budget and funding sources, and the development of an improved faculty travel process. Both of these have contributed to increased financial transparency within the department. Nan also serves as assistant coordinator of the online student affairs program.
An enthusiastic learner and user of new technology, her ability to integrate that technology into her work has enhanced departmental outreach and efficiency. For example, she created surveys and assessments which are now accessible online; she improved the advising process by initiating Drop Box access to advising forms; she was the first to learn the WebNow graduate application process and integrate it into the department’s admissions process; she has become the department’s website manager; and her work on the department newsletter builds alumni and constituency relationships. Impressive as her accomplishments are, however, Nan will tell you that she is most proud of the relationships she has fostered across campus.
Nan’s daughter, Erin Johnson, and her supervisor, Dr. Grace Mims, are with her today. Our congratulations to Nan Johnson for contributions to the university that extend far above the ordinary.