May 13, 2013
Cox-Largent Named Chief Operating Officer at SIU School of Medicine
Wendy Cox-Largent has been named associate provost for finance and administration at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She will be the School of Medicine’s chief operating officer. The former associate provost, Pam Speer, will remain with the School through June 30 to assist in the transition. After that, she will serve as a part-time senior advisor on special initiatives for SIU HealthCare.
“Wendy’s administrative background and financial acumen in the community health center setting and in SIU’s clinical areas will transfer smoothly into her new, broader responsibilities,” said Jerry Kruse, M.D., executive associate dean and SIU HealthCare chief executive officer.
Cox-Largent had served as the chief financial officer (CFO) for SIU HealthCare, the School’s medical practice, since 2008. She also has served as the chief executive officer for Chicago Family Health Center (2000-08), and executive director of Family Practice Community Wellness Center in Chicago (1995-2000).
Cox-Largent received her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care management from DePaul University in Chicago (2005) and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University in Bloomington (1988). She is a certified public accountant.
She is on the board of directors for Sangamon County’s Coordinated Access to Community Health (CATCH) program and a member of the Medical Group Management Association.
A native of Chicago, Cox-Largent is married to Philippe Largent and has two stepchildren.
Established in 1970, the mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. An international leader in medical education, the School is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since opening, 2,472 physicians have graduated from its program. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit www.siumed.edu/news.