We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nathaniel Bishop, President of Jefferson College
of Health Sciences will be our commencement speaker on Saturday May 9, 2015.
Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop began as Interim President of Jefferson College of Health
Sciences on April 19, 2010. On June 10, 2010, he was appointed permanent President
of the College by the Jefferson College Board of Directors. He comes to Jefferson
College from Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, where he has served as a Vice-President.
Dr. Bishop has played a significant role with the College for several years, where
he has served as a member of the Jefferson College Board of Directors since 2003.
In this role, he has helped guide Jefferson College to record enrollment and expansion
of academic programs.
Dr. Bishop began his career in healthcare by way of long term care administration
managing continuing care retirement communities. In 1997, he moved into a leadership
position with Carilion Clinic as the Executive Director of Burrell Nursing Center.
In 2002, Dr. Bishop was named Vice President and Hospital Director of Carilion Roanoke
Community Hospital. Most recently he was located at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
where he served as Vice-President of Facility and Guest Services.
In addition to his duties as President at Jefferson College, Dr. Bishop also currently
serves as the Chair of Interprofessionalism at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of
Medicine and Research Institute. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Ferrum
College and is a member Emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School of Duke University. He serves as a
member of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission as an appointment by
Governor Bob McDonnell. Bishop and his wife, Sylvia, are members of the Asbury United
Methodist Church in Christiansburg and he is involved in a variety of church and community
Dr. Bishop holds an undergraduate degree from Radford University, a master’s degree
in education from Virginia Tech and a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological
Seminary in Washington D.C.
Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop Bio