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Union welcomes new Board of Trustees member Steven Bishop, CPA

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Steven Bishop values education. This is exactly why he has joined the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees. “I believe obtaining a higher education degree is one of the most important things a person can do in his or her life. The knowledge a person gains will help immensely by understanding other perspectives and even your own. I think we should all aspire to have a higher education degree.”

Another goal in becoming a board member is to continue his lifetime mission to give back to his community. “I was raised in an atmosphere of giving back. I have been blessed and I know others are less fortunate. To be able to utilize my skills and resources to support Union Institute & University’s goals is very fulfilling,” said Bishop. “We all have certain gifts and I am honored to bring my skills and services to Union.”

When asked how he would advise a student trying to balance career, family, and studies, he stated? “My advice is to rely on other people to help and know that you don’t have to shoulder all the burdens. Be humble enough to ask for help. Know your priorities and focus on what is important.”

Bishop was asked to identify a book that has influenced him. He noted, “Catch 22, because throughout life one is always confronting inconsistencies and ambiguity.”

About Steven Bishop

Steven Bishop is a CPA and Assurance Senior Manager with Plante & Moran, PLLC, an accounting, tax and consulting firm that provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, higher education, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. His volunteer involvement includes the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kalamazoo County Junior Leadership Committee and serving as a board member on the Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and the International Business Group of West Michigan. He is also currently a member of C-Change Class 11. Bishop is a graduate of Calvin College with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.