Cleason to Lead School of Nursing and Health Professions

from Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, Mo. - Dr. Robyn Gleason has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western State University. Dr. Gleason, previously dean of graduate nursing at Keiser University in Florida, will begin her duties in January.

“Dr. Gleason’s strong background in nursing, public health and health information has prepared her well to provide strong oversight of the unique admissions processes, regulatory expectations, clinical affiliations and other factors that make the programs in the School of Nursing and Health Professions unique,” said Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, dean of professional studies. “Under her leadership I believe our high-quality healthcare programs can grow even stronger.”

Dr. Gleason earned her doctorate in nursing and master’s degrees in nursing and public health from the University of Florida. She also received a graduate certificate in health informatics from Duke University. Prior to joining Keiser University in 2015, she taught at the University of Florida College of Nursing and Bethune-Cookman University’s School of Nursing. Dr. Gleason is a 2016 Fellow in the Leadership in Academic Nursing Program of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

“The St. Joseph community, Missouri Western and the university’s health care partners all seem to be very forward-thinking,” Dr. Gleason said. “I believe Missouri Western’s School of Nursing and Health Professions has a great future, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The School of Nursing and Health Professions was established earlier this year within the College of Professional Studies. The School includes Missouri Western’s master’s degree program in nursing and undergraduate programs for nursing, health information management, physical therapist assistant and the new population health management degree, established by a gift from Mosaic Life Care.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit