Betty Bishop has a long history with the University of Michigan and the School of Information. Her grandfather, William Warner Bishop, was asked to come to the University in 1915 by Regent Clements under the terms that he would run the library and eventually start a department of library science. Bishop remained at the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1941.
Betty believes one of her grandfather’s greatest legacies to the school is that he moved the libraries from the Dewey Decimal system to the Library of Congress classification system. She also considers one of his accomplishments was investing in book buying, which allowed the University to build up collections that rivaled universities such as Harvard and Princeton.
Betty grew up on the University of Michigan campus where her father was a law professor and remembers hearing many stories of her grandfather’s legacy. She is a 1972 graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with an A.B. in psychology. She earned a doctorate in clinical child psychology from Ohio State University. She founded a private practice, Arbor Psychological Consultants, P.C., in Ann Arbor in 1990 and retired in 2014.
In 2016, Betty created the Gill Ness-Collins Civic Engagement Fund to support students pursuing civic engagement experiences in the U.S., internships and study abroad programs that have a positive social impact. Gill Ness-Collins was an educator and active community volunteer and long-time friend of Betty Bishop.