Ken L. Bishop serves as president and chief executive officer of NASBA as well as chief executive officer of NASBA’s ethics arm, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT). Prior to acceding to the president and CEO role in January 2012, Bishop served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of NASBA, where he was responsible for leading NASBA’s business and testing operations.
In recent years, Bishop has been instrumental in the adoption of legislation for “CPA Mobility” whereby CPAs increase their ability to practice throughout the U.S. without the need to be licensed separately in each state. Additionally, he played a key role in the international administration of the U.S. CPA Examination which is now offered in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
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 more than fifty professions, both nationally and internationally.
Before joining NASBA, Bishop maintained a successful career in the areas of state government and law enforcement, having served in roles including executive director of the Missouri State Board of Accountancy, assistant director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, undercover narcotics officer, under-sheriff, chief of police and commander of the Missouri Major Case Squad.
A Missouri native, Bishop holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri Columbia, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Program. He is also a graduate of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy and the Federal Criminal Justice Academy.
Currently, Bishop serves as a member of the Vanderbilt University MAcc Advisory Board and the Nashville Downtown Partnership Board of Directors. Among his honors include being named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.