Distinguished Citizen

April 5, 2018


BUFFALO, NY - Candace S. Johnson, PhD, will accept the Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 52nd annual scholarship ball on May 5. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.  She is the center’s 15th president and CEO and the first female leader in its 120-year history.  The Canisius Board of Regents is recognizing Johnson for her contributions to the civic and economic well-being of the region. 

Johnson became CEO of Roswell Park in 2015 and is credited with re-energizing the organization, largely by attracting and recruiting the world’s best physicians and researchers to Western New York.  Under her strategic vision, Roswell Park also increased its revenue and visibility, introduced innovative cancer vaccines, opened a new radiation oncology center and launched a spin-off biotech company dedicated to identifying groundbreaking immunologic approaches to treating cancer. 

The Canisius College Regents Scholarship Ball is the principal fundraiser for the Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to Canisius students.  Tickets for the event are now on sale. 

For more information, visit canisius.edu/regentsball or contact Courtney T. Sullivan, assistant director of advancement events, at sulli121@canisius.edu