Alumni Awards

Tiffin University is proud of our alumni, and we want to take the opportunity each year to honor you and your achievements. The Alumni Achievement Award and the Young Alumni Achievement Award are presented each year to showcase the contributions made by our alumni. Each award is presented to a TU graduate with these qualifications:

  • Display strong personal integrity and character
  • Able to receive the award on campus, barring any extenuating circumstances
  • Current TU Employees or Board of Trustees are not eligible for nomination
  • Volunteer service to their community and society

The Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Student Symposium on Friday, September 18, 2020 (Green & Gold- Homecoming & Family Weekend).


We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2020 Alumni Achievement, Young Alumni Achievement Award and the Alumni Service Awards. The nomination period for the 2021 Young Alumni Achievement Award will open in January 2021.
If you have any questions please contact Vickie Wilkins,

The ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is awarded to an alumni for their achievements, leadership and contributions to their profession or field of study, their community, and their alma mater. To be eligible for the Alumni Achievement Award, the individual must be a living graduate of Tiffin University for a minimum of 10 years.

The YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented to honor the achievements of young alumni whose lives exemplify high principles, and who are outstanding leaders in their profession and community. To be eligible for the Young Alumni Achievement Award, a person must be a graduate of Tiffin University within the last 10 years.

The ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD is awarded to an alumni in recognition of their dedication to the University through service in alumni programs, on advisory committees, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution.

To be considered for the awards, an individual must first be nominated. Nominations can be offered by anyone except the person being nominated. All nominations must be received in the Office of Alumni Relations by the designated deadline. As noted, the recipient must be present on campus to receive the award, barring any extenuating circumstances.

Nomination forms for both of the Alumni Awards can be obtained from the Alumni Office by calling 419-448-3595 or clicking on the links above. Nominations will be kept on file and reviewed annually for five years.

2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipients

Dr. Willis Johnson

Alumni Achievement Award – Dr. Willis Johnson ‘82

Dr. Willis Leon Johnson is a chartered accountant and renowned veteran educator. A 1982 graduate of Tiffin University. He passed the Uniform CPA Examination in 1986 and became a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is the founder of the Galilee Education System in the Bahamas which comprises of Galilee CPA Review, Galilee Professional Institute, Galilee College and Galilee Academy. As Founder and President of the Galilee Education System, Dr. Johnson has devised a strategic paradigm that has been effective in developing students from Kindergarten to becoming CPAs. This program is dubbed K-CPA.

As a passionate educator, Dr. Johnson’s prized possession continues to be the Galilee CPA Review Program. As the Trainer for CPA Examinations, Dr. Johnson has led hundreds of students from the Bahamas and Bermuda to successfully complete the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. In fact, The Galilee CPA Review is the premier institution in the Bahamas for CPA examination success. Of special note, Dr. Johnson has been the personal trainer for his daughter, Jude Johnson, a TU alumna, who became the youngest person to pass the Uniform CPA Examination in the region of the Bahamas and Caribbean (2016).

Dr. Johnson has served as a Staff Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand Accounting Firm,(now Price Waterhouse Coopers PWC) and went on to serve as the Comptroller for Blanco Chemicals Ltd. Nassau, Bahamas. Further, he served as the Cost and Budget Manager for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BATELCO) and was later promoted to the Executive Management Team of BATELCO. Dr. Johnson retired from Public Accounting in 1999 and gave full support to the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA). He served as Vice President of BICA and has served the Institute in other Executive capacities. BICA has partnered with Dr. Johnson and the Galilee CPA Review to assist in defraying expenses of worthy CPA candidates. Dr. Johnson is a founding partner of McDonald Delancy Johnson (MDJ) Accounting Firm.

A philanthropist with a helping heart, Dr. Johnson has provided hundreds scholarships to the marginalized and has aided in breaking the back of poverty for many families. He currently serves as a Pastor in the St. John Particular Society of Native Baptists in the Bahamas. He is the Director of Missions of The St. John Society of sixty two unit churches across the archipelago of the Bahamas. Dr. Johnson is the founding Pastor of Blessed Hope Native Baptist Church and has been the Platinum donor for the construction of the edifice. Dr. Willis L. Johnson, is heralded as a nation builder in the Bahamas. He credits much of his success to the opportunities experienced at Tiffin University.

Dr. Johnson is married to Dr. Yvette M. Johnson (Nee Bethell). The couple has five children, Willis II, Joshua (Mia), Joel (Thea), Jude and Jamie (Trez), and are the grandparents of Joel II and Leah.

Patrick Collins

Young Alumni Achievement Award – Patrick Collins ‘14 MBA