SJC’s Distinguished Professor Serves as NAICU Keynote Speaker

February 02, 2016

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – February 2, 2016 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that Tim Bishop, former U.S. Congressman and distinguished professor of civic engagement and public service at SJC Long Island, served as the keynote speaker for the annual National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NAICU) Conference on Monday, February 1 in Washington, D.C.

“I was honored to serve as the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the NAICU,” said Bishop, “NAICU is the pre-eminent advocacy organization for the independent sector of higher education and I worked very closely with them during my 12 years in Congress. Maintaining the federal commitment to Title IV student financial aid programs is essential, and the member institutions of NAICU make the case most persuasively.”

NAICU’s annual conference is the premier policy and advocacy event for private, nonprofit higher education institutions, designed to brief college and university presidents, government and public relations personnel, as well as the presidents of state and mission-specific higher education associations, on the most urgent policy issues affecting higher education. 

Since March 2015, Bishop has served as SJC Long Island’s Distinguished Professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service. Prior to serving in the United States Congress from 2003-2015, Bishop was an administrator at Southampton College of LIU for 29 years, the last 16 of which he spent as Provost of the Campus. As a representative for New York’s 1st congressional district, Bishop served most of central and eastern Suffolk County, including most of Smithtown and the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southold, Southampton, East Hampton and Shelter Island. Among his legislative accomplishments, Bishop was one of four authors in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080), and wrote major sections of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669) and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3221).

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.