Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop was appointed by the Board of Directors of Jefferson College of Health Sciences to lead the college on April 17, 2010. He came to Jefferson College from Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, where he served as a Vice President. Dr. Bishop’s tenure of service to the college began in 2003 on the Jefferson College Board of Directors. In this role, he helped lead Jefferson College to a growing enrollment, expansion of academic programs, and strong healthcare education partnerships throughout the community and region.
Dr. Bishop began his career in healthcare by managing continuing care retirement communities as a Virginia licensed long-term care administrator. In 1997, he joined 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 and later served at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as Vice-President of Facility and Guest Services.
In addition to his duties as President at Jefferson College, Dr. Bishop also serves as the Chair of Interprofessionalism at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. In July 2016 he was appointed to the Virginia Board for Community Colleges by Governor Terry McAuliffe. He served a term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 2013-2016. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Ferrum College and the Radford University Foundation Board, and is a member Emeritus of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School of Duke University. Dr. Bishop’s board memberships include Carilion’s Roanoke and New River Valley Medical Centers, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, GO Virginia, Local Colors, Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, Roanoke Regional Chamber, and United Way along with other church and community boards in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Dr. Bishop and his wife, Sylvia, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Bishop holds undergraduate degrees from New River Community College and 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.