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May 2, 2005

Congressman Bishop Returns to Southampton College as Commencement Speaker

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – First District Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) will be The 2005 Commencement Speaker at Southampton College – the institution he served for 29 years, the last 17 as Provost.

Making the announcement today current Provost Dr Daniel Rodas said it was not only an honor that Congressman Bishop had accepted the invitation to be the speaker, but it was also very fitting.

“There are few people who have been as devoted to Southampton College as Congressman Tim Bishop. Not only did he serve the College for 29 years, he has continued to be a supporter and a friend of the College throughout his tenure in Congress,” said Dr. Rodas.

“Under his leadership, Southampton College’s reputation quickly grew - its marine science programs produced 34 Fulbright scholars, its writing programs flourished, its graduates went on to be leaders in their chosen fields. Similarly he has taken his love of education and his mission of increasing opportunity through education, from Southampton College to Congress where he serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee.”

Congressman Bishop began working at Southampton College in 1973 as an admissions counselor and rose rapidly through the ranks. He served in administrative positions, touching every aspect of college life, from institutional research and planning, to financial aid and enrollment services, student activities, personnel, community relations and fund raising. He served as Director of Financial Aid, Assistant Director of Admissions, Registrar, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Dean for Enrollment Services and Dean for Administrative and Student Services, and finally as Provost.

Born in 1950, a twelfth generation Southamptonite, he attended Sacred Hearts School in Southampton and graduated from Southampton High School in 1968. He holds an AB in History from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and he earned a Master Degree in Public Administration from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in 1981.

He was elected to represent New York’s 1st Congressional District in 2002.

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