Former Councilman joins JHS Board



Jacksonville Historical Society Welcomes William Bishop as New Director

Photo of William H. Bishop

At its July Board of Directors meeting, the Jacksonville Historical Society welcomed William H. Bishop as a new member of its Board of Directors.

“The history of a community serves as its collective memory,” said Bishop when asked why he was interested in serving on the JHS Board. “It reminds us of who we are, where we’ve been, and can help guide us to where we’re going. A community’s architecture is the physical manifestation of that history and its condition expresses how we feel about it,” he said. “The Jacksonville Historical Society’s tireless work to preserve and promote our history and all of its manifestations is vital to telling our story and instilling pride in our community.”

Bishop, a practicing architect since 1983, has served as vice president and chief operating officer for Akel Logan Shafer, PA for the past 28 years. His professional accomplishments include the rehabilitation of the historic Main Post Office building in downtown Fernandina, rehabilitation of historic post office buildings in several other cities in Florida and Georgia, the design of the Pope Vocational High School and the Kirk Memorial Auditorium renovation at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Duval County Florida Highway Patrol District Headquarters, and renovation of the FSCJ Downtown Campus Main Street Building,

A strong believer in public service, Bishop served on the Jacksonville City Council 2007-2015, was actively involved in the effort to bring the USS Charles Adams to Jacksonville as a naval ship museum, is a past board member of Riverside Avondale Preservation, current chair of the Southside Businessmen’s Club, past board member of the Meninak Club and of the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI), where he chaired a study committee on affordable housing in Jacksonville. He currently serves on the board of directors of Scenic Jacksonville.

Professionally, Bishop is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a past president of AIA Florida, a past board member and corporate secretary of the Mellon C. Greeley, AIA Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation of AIA Jacksonville. He is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Florida Hilliard T. Smith Silver Metal and AIA Jacksonville’s 1997 John W. Dyal Memorial Award for Community Service. Bishop holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.