John H. and Mary Wilkes Short have longstanding ties to the University of Utah and the nursing profession.

John got his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Utah and taught there for many years while managing several health care consulting firms before he became the CEO for RehabCare (2004-2011).  After retirement, he served on several healthcare and charity boards continuing his belief to give back in a meaningful way.

Mary herself is a nurse, graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 1984, and from Texas A&M in 1995, with a master’s degree in nursing administration, spent 20 years in health care consulting with a passion for case management through- out the continuum of care and has been on the University of Utah Nursing Advisory Board since 2013.   Mary’s mother, Patricia Jane Wagner, also was a nurse. She worked for three decades, retiring as the chief nurse at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, before her death in 2013.   Finally, Shannon Wilkes, the youngest of the Wilkes Short family is also a nurse, has entered the University of Utah College of Nursing’s (Link: http://nursing.utah.edu/) Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

“It’s in the genes, so to speak,” Mary Short says.

John and Mary have established a scholarship in honor of her mother, the Patricia J. Wagner Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. Preference will be given to diverse graduate nursing students enrolled in the Care Management Program.   This is because of the going complexity of healthcare economic, health outcome and placement options.

About the college:

Nurse scientists at the College of Nursing are tackling some of the most difficult questions (Link: http://nursing.utah.edu/pdfs/research_report.pdf) facing health care practice and science today – from how to manage changes to the Common Rule for biospecimens to the tangled web of factors causing childhood asthma to disparate rates of HPV vaccination among American teens.

In 2016, the college ranked second (Link: http://nursing.utah.edu/blog/postings/january_2016/NIH_ranking.php) in the nation for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. And the college’s nursing informatics program ranked No. 8; nurse midwifery came in at No. 9; and the nurse practitioner program ranked No. 16 in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2017 rankings (Link: http://nursing.utah.edu/blog/postings/march_2016/USNews%20rankings.php) of nursing graduate schools.