Visiting Professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service
Political Science LI
A.B. in History, College of the Holy Cross
M.P.A. in Public Administration, Long Island University
At SJC Long Island, Bishop serves as visiting professor of civic engagement and public service, and director of the Center for Community Solutions.
From 1973 to 2002, Bishop was employed by Southampton College of Long Island University (LIU) in a succession of increasingly responsible administrative positions. For the last 16 years of his tenure, Bishop held the position of campus provost, serving as chief executive officer of the campus, supervising all administrative offices and coordinating academic leadership with the dean for academic affairs. As an officer of LIU, he helped to successfully execute a large capital campaign resulting in the construction of a major new classroom/laboratory facility as well as the renovation of several dormitories and many other academic facilities.
In 2002, Bishop left Southampton College to represent New York’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the few highly competitive seats in the country. Bishop's priorities in Congress included, job creation; protecting middle-class families and seniors; strengthening education; advocating for veterans; homeland security; fiscal responsibility and safeguarding the environment. As a member of the Higher Education and the Education and Workforce committees, Bishop continued his mission to increase the affordability of education for all Americans and was recognized as one of the strongest advocates in Congress for college access and affordability. As the Ranking Democrat of the Water Resources and Environment sub-committee, he worked tirelessly to preserve beaches and waterways and was one of four co-authors of the Water Resources and Development Act of 2013 in the House of Representatives. Bishop was a leader on national policy initiatives, as well as a proven champion for local interests.
In 2015, Bishop joined SJC to continue his lifelong work of facilitating access to higher education for traditionally underserved populations. In 2015, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Bishop as a director of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. Bishop also serves as Senior Advisor at Envision Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations firm. He holds positions on the Board of Directors of Social Accountability International and The Autism Community Experience. Bishop also serves on the board of SFX Entertainment.