Wilsie Bishop AAHC Board

Contact: Brad Lifford
November 11, 2010

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Wilsie Bishop, Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer for East Tennessee State University, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).

Bishop will serve a three-year term on the AAHC board, which consists of 11 people in executive leadership positions at academic health centers across the nation. She is the only board member from a Tennessee institution.

The AAHC is a non-profit organization representing 100 academic health centers that consist of a medical school, one or more other health profession schools or programs and one or more owned or affiliated teaching hospitals. ETSU, a major academic health center which serves the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia region, includes within its Division of Health Sciences the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and the College of Public Health.

Prior to her appointment as the university’s COO and its Vice President for Health Affairs, Bishop served as Dean of the College of Public and Allied Health. She was a key leader in laying the groundwork for that college’s evolution into two freestanding entities, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. She has been a tenured professor since 1983 and has served in numerous local, state and national professional organizations, in addition to civic organizations around the region.

Last year, the AAHC profiled Bishop in its annual report. The story focused on ETSU’s success during a time of state budget cuts in reducing spending without sacrificing academic growth or human resources. Bishop chaired a budget task force that oversaw that process.

The AAHC was formed to improve the nation’s health and well-being by strengthening, advocating and leading on behalf of academic health centers, which are at the forefront of  health professions education, patient care and biomedical and health services research.