Ken Bishop serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of NASBA, as well as, Chief Executive Officer of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). Prior to acceding to these roles on January 1, 2012, Bishop served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NASBA, where he was responsible for NASBA’s business and testing operations.
Bishop joined NASBA on January 1, 2007, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Credential Services (PCS), NASBA’s former wholly-owned subsidiary, and Director of CPA Examination Operations. During his tenure as President of PCS, the company grew to provide services to over fifty professions, both nationally and internationally.
Recently named to Accounting Today’s “2011 Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting,” Bishop was instrumental in the adoption of legislation for “CPA Mobility” whereby CPAs increase their ability to practice throughout the United States without the need to be licensed separately in each state. Bishop also played a key role in the international administration of the U.S. CPA Examination which is now offered in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (with exam administration launching in Brazil beginning February 2012).
Before joining NASBA, Bishop, a Missouri native, served as Executive Director of the Missouri State Board of Accountancy. Prior to that, Bishop served as an Assistant Director in the Missouri Department of Public Safety. His career in law enforcement ranged from undercover narcotics officer, under-sheriff and Chief of Police to commander of the Missouri Major Case Squad.
Bishop is a graduate of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy and the Federal Criminal Justice Academy. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Bishop is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.
Bishop and his wife, Sheilah, currently reside in Franklin, TN, where they foster their wine collection and love of art and music. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren.