August 23, 2001
Dr. Wesley G. Robinson-McNeese has been named executive assistant to the dean for diversity at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and an associate professor of internal medicine. His duties include working with student, resident and faculty recruitment as well as providing on-campus support to under-represented minorities.
"Dr. McNeese is a wonderful resource for our students and I look forward to having him help us advance our commitment to diversity," said Carl J. Getto, M.D., dean and provost, in announcing the appointment. "He brings a wealth of experience with him, both as an SIU alumnus and as a practicing physician. The students who have met him are impressed by his student-friendly attitude and his common sense approach to medical education."
Since 1990, McNeese has been an emergency physician and served as associate director of emergency medicine (1994-2001) and quality improvement director (1990-2001) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He also is a partner in Infinity HealthCare of Mequon, Wis.
McNeese completed his emergency medicine residency at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago (1990). He earned his medical degree at SIU (1986), where he was class president all four years. His undergraduate education was at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., Illinois State University in Normal and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
He is certified as a diplomate in emergency medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of the medical school's Alumni Society's Board of Governors.
McNeese is minister in the Church of God and is studying for ordination while completing his master's in religion. He is pastor of the Capital City Church of God in Springfield, and chair of the board for Priscilla's Lost & Found of Ohio, an outreach ministry for women. He also serves on the advisory council for the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.
McNeese served in Vietnam (1968-69) and later became a paramedic with the U.S. Air Force (1977-80). He was editor of "The Crusader," a weekly newspaper in his hometown before attending college (1970-76).
A native of East St. Louis, he and his wife, LaVern Arnetta McNeese, have four children. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Timmie McNeese, pastor of Market Avenue Church of God, and the late Priscilla Robinson McNeese.