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East Tennessee State University: Dr. Bishop Receives Southern Association of Colleges Award

Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for health affairs and professor at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, was awarded the Demetria N. Gibbs Outstanding Chair Award at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Annual Meeting in December 2018.

[Photo: Dr. Wilsie Bishop]

Dr. Bishop has been a SACSCOC site reviewer since 1982 and has conducted 41 site visits, including 27 as Chair.  Dr. Bishop was previously awarded the SACSCOC Meritorious Service Award in 2005 for her many years of service and leadership within the Commission. She has served on committees that developed and later revised the Principles of Accreditation and the Resource Manual.  She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, chaired the Peer Review Advisory Committee to the SACSCOC president, and as a special reader for the Compliance and Reports Committee of the SACSCOC.

The award was established in 2013 in memory of Dr. Demetria Gibbs, a significant member of the association’s leadership team responsible for the professional development and guidance of review committee chairs. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.

The Demetria N. Gibbs Outstanding Chair Award is given annually to a review committee chair who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in working with committee members.  Dr. Bishop is the fifth recipient of this award.

“My work as a committee chair has been extremely rewarding to me both personally and professionally, and to be recognized for doing work I love is just “icing on the cake,” stated Dr. Bishop.  “This award is especially meaningful to me as I had the privilege of knowing and working with Demetria, a colleague who showed us how to be courageous in life and in our work.”