Dr. Steven Bishop received the Missouri Community College Association’s Senior Service Award at the association’s 52nd annual convention held this week in Branson, Mo.
Dr. Bishop has served as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Ozarks Technical Community College since July of 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as dean of allied health, interim dean of general education, and as the director of the respiratory therapy program. Dr. Bishop joined OTC at its very beginning in 1991.
Throughout his tenure, Dr. Bishop focused on faculty development and student success. As dean of allied health, he grew the department by adding several programs including surgical technology, medical laboratory technician, nursing and hearing instrument science. As provost, Dr. Bishop added more than 20 new academic credentials ─ including degrees and certificates ─ throughout the OTC System. Most recently, he implemented self-guided placement for incoming students as an alternative to ACT Compass testing. Upon his retirement, Dr. Bishop will be remembered by the positive, meaningful relationships he built with thousands of students, faculty and staff.
MCCA’s Senior Service Award is presented annually to a long-serving employee from each of Missouri’s community colleges. Recipients are recommended for the award by their campus president/chancellor. To receive this award, the employee must have worked at a community college for 20 years or more.
The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA brings the state’s 12 colleges together for advocacy, professional development, information, and collaboration.