Arthur Bishop '75
Fall 2011 TRINITY Magazine Chicago
Update: As of January 2014, Arthur Bishop ’75 has been appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the goal of which is to protect children by strengthening and supporting families.
Arthur Bishop ’75
Title: (as of the 2011 publication) Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
“If you asked me back in 1971 how I ended up at Trinity, my answer would have been completely different from the answer I am able to give you today,” said Arthur Bishop ’75.
“I remember being so impressed with the state-of-the-art Mitchell Memorial gym,” said Arthur. “Back then I would have told you I ended up at Trinity because of basketball. Today I can tell you that I attended Trinity Christian College as a result of God’s divine plan.”
Arthur played basketball for the College for four years. More important, he discovered an early call on his heart to help others, a call that led him to major in sociology.
With a master’s in human services administration from Spertus College and a long career history in social services, Arthur was appointed to the role of Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2010 by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, responsible for more than 3,000 youth incarcerated or on parole status, eight facilities across Illinois, 1,200 employees, and a budget of $119 million for FY ’12.
He said the Christian foundation he received from the aunt who raised him and the principles he learned at Trinity have served him well. “God has blessed me with the gift of ministry and the gift of counseling. I have always wanted to help those who, for whatever reason, found themselves helpless, and it has given me great joy to serve my Savior in the field of social work.”
Looking back, Arthur can also see how his Trinity history, his passion for helping others, and his love for God affected the journey of his son, Dennus Bishop ’00. Dennus, a special agent with the United States Secret Service, followed a similar educational, spiritual, and professional path.