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This profile was last updated on 11/24/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. DeLois P. Weekes

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Employment History

  • President
    Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Registered Nurse
    Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • President
    Cox College
  • President
    Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • DNSC
  • BS
  • MS
31 Total References
Web References
Steering Committee - Quality of Cancer Care Performance Measures - Ongoing Projects - Projects - National Quality Forum, 24 Nov 2006 [cached]
DeLois Weekes, DNSc, RN President and CEO, Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Springfield, MO | Local News, 30 Aug 2006 [cached]
When DeLois Weekes arrived at Cox College of Nursing and Health Science in 2001, her charge from CoxHealth administrators and community leaders was daunting: Build a college, not a department.
She understood the immediacy: The country didn't have enough nurses and related health care workers, and the shortage would only get worse.
That's how Weekes, as president and CEO of the college, helped bring the small college into the big leagues , with big enrollment, continued accreditation and a big national reputation.
Wright said Weekes brought "a transformation" to the college , attracting doctorate degree-level staff, adding cultural and ethnic diversity among faculty and students, and a broader curriculum.
"Then you can't let go of your dream," Weekes said, and told her about her own sacrifices to stay in school, including leaving a house for a small apartment with her family.It gave the student options, and hope, she said.
Weekes is a registered nurse with a doctorate degree in nursing science.As an RN for more than 30 years, she has worked as a staff nurse in hospitals and community health centers, and she has been a nurse educator at colleges and universities.She has also been an administrator in schools of nursing and colleges of health.
Weekes lives in Springfield with her husband, Abraham.They have two grown daughters.
In the five academic years she's presided over Cox College:
Making no apologies, Weekes envisions more change: She would like the CoxHealth School of Radiation Therapy and School of Medical Technology on the Cox South campus to become part of Cox College for cost-effectiveness and to allow students to train with and learn from each other.And she looks to adding more programs in other health care fields.
DeLois Weekes,president and CEO of Cox College of Nursing and Health Science, talks with nursing students Kate Prentice (second from left), Juliette Kish and Andrea Smith (right) at a reception. | Local News, 16 Feb 2006 [cached]
DeLois P. Weekes, president of Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will speak on the future of nursing and the role of the faith community. | Local News, 12 April 2006 [cached]
"(Disparities) absolutely do exist , end of debate," said DeLois Weekes, a registered nurse and president of Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences, citing research by the nonprofit Institute of Medicine.
Weekes said."And if not, how do we prioritize them?"
Such answers should most profitably come from community members, Weekes said.
Joint Nursing Degree from Evangel/Cox, 16 Aug 2001 [cached]
According to the Bureau of Health Professionals , there is currently a regional and national shortage of nurses with bachelor's degree preparation , said Dr. DeLouis Weekes , president of Cox College.Recent studies are calling for two-thirds of all nurses to be prepared at the bachelor's degree level by 2010..
Students would take approximately half their classes at Evangel and half their classes at Cox.Students interested in the nursing program at Evangel must first apply for admittance to the University.Both Evangel University and Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the North Central Assocaition of College and Schools.
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