Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., is the new dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield.
“I have every confidence that Dr. Lilly will be able to usher us into a new level of achievement and recognition for our Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU,” said Provost Bill Brown, D.M.
Lilly is a 2006 SBU graduate who began teaching at SBU as an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2009. She became a full-time faculty member in 2011 and became the BSN director in 2013. She has a master’s in business administration and a master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics and recently completed a doctorate in nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership at Case Western University.
“I am not sure that being dean was in my career trajectory, but God continuously pushed me this direction,” Lilly said. “After a lot of prayer and encouragement, I chose to embrace the opportunity. The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students to seek a career as a health care professional. We are dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce.”
Lilly’s vision for the college is for the institution’s mission, vision and values to bridge the gap between education and practice while establishing longstanding relationships in the community.
“I want to help students achieve their career goals by becoming the next generation of health care professionals and taking pride to service our community needs,” she said. “I want to ensure that the college continues to deliver the best educational programs in southwest Missouri, resulting in high-quality health care professionals to meet high demand.”
Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.
The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.