Dick Bishop


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2014)
Indiana University Bloomington
BS '61, MS '71, EdD '77


Dick Bishop earned a B.S. in 1961, and M.S. in 1971 and an Ed.D. in 1977. He began his career in 1964 as the first university relations director at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Bishop later worked in the IU Bloomington alumni office, supporting the university's sesquicentennial campaign, and served in the dean's office of the School of Education. While earning his doctorate, he served in the IU president's office under Joseph L. Sutton and John Ryan. Bishop held positions in the University Division, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Radio-Television Services.

From 1988 to 2005, Bishop was a key member of the IU Foundation's leadership team. During that period fundraising grew from $35 million annually to more than $100 million annually, and the endowment grew from $214 million to $1.2 billion. In retirement, Bishop continues to support the university in many ways, including service to the IU Foundation and the School of Education's Center for Human Growth, and by establishing the Nancy Harvey Bishop Student Support Fund in memory of his late wife. Bishop's contributions have been recognized with the State of Indiana's Distinguished Hoosier Award, the IU Foundation's Herman B Wells Legacy Award and the creation of the IU Richard E. Bishop Scholarship. He has been a longtime jazz host and programmer on WFIU radio in Bloomington.