JOHNSON CITY (August 8, 2013) – The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing recently published a list of "120 Visionary Leaders" who are alumni or faculty from its School of Nursing, and that list includes Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for Health Affairs and chief operating officer for East Tennessee State University.
VCU identified 120 visionary leaders to commemorate the 120th anniversary of its nursing school. Bishop earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from VCU in 1970 and a master's degree in 1978. She later graduated from the University of Southern California with graduate degrees in education and public administration, as well as the doctor of public administration degree.
A member of the ETSU faculty for over 30 years, Bishop has a long history in executive academic leadership that echoes from her time as a VCU student, when she held offices in the National Student Nurses Association at the local, state and national levels.
The VCU list includes some of the nation's most significant past and present leaders in nursing and health care.
In addition to Bishop, others on the list include Marilyn Tavenner and the late Lulu Wolf Hassenplug. Tavenner serves as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hassenplug was a pioneer who spearheaded the movement to shift nursing education from hospitals to college campuses and was the founding dean of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Nursing.
Bishop became dean of what was then known as ETSU's College of Public and Allied Health in 1994. Later, as vice president for Health Affairs, she was instrumental in the growth process that resulted in the college evolving into two independent entities, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
A native of Appomattox, Va., Bishop has been ETSU's chief operating officer since 2004. As the leader of the university's Health Affairs division, she has guided ETSU to the establishment of an Academic Health Sciences Center that, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and clinical and rehabilitative health sciences, is among the most diverse in the nation in terms of academic programming.
Bishop is one of only 11 academic leaders in the nation and the only one in Tennessee who serve as board members for the Association of Academic Health Centers.