Dr. Wilsie Bishop, who has been at East Tennessee State University since 1978, was recently honored by the Tenneessee Women’s Hall of Fame.(Photo contributed by ETSU)
Dr. Wilsie Bishop has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Perhaps that’s due to her upbringing on a 400-acre farm in central Virginia — a farm managed by her mother. Perhaps its because she graduated from high school in 1966, a time when women were encouraged to pursue more traditional career roles.
“It was never a realistic goal for me to be a doctor,” she said “This was the 1960s and this was pre-Title IV.”
She didn’t grow up to be a medical doctor or a veterinarian for that matter. But Bishop did grow up to be the first woman to hold the position of chief operating officer and vice president at East Tennessee State University.
Last October, Bishop was one of six women inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame, joining previous inductees Martha Craig Daughtrey, Jane Eskind and Pat Head Summitt.Read more from our partners at the Kingsport Times-News. comments powered by Disqus