Commencement Speaker

Dr. Nathaniel L. BishopWe 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 organizations.

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