The commission is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. southern states and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees.
Bishop has been a commission site reviewer since 1982 and has conducted 41 site visits, including 27 as chairwoman. She was previously awarded the group’s 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 commission president, and acted as a Special Reader for the Compliance and Reports Committee of the group.
“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,” Bishop said. “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.”
The award was established in 2013 in memory of Gibbs, a significant member of the association’s leadership team responsible for the professional development and guidance of review committee chairs.
The award is given annually to a review committee chair who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in working with committee members. Bishop is the fifth recipient of this award.