Mark Hoover, AS in Liberal Arts, 2007; BS in Criminal Justice, 2008

Mark Hoover, of Virginia, earned an Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Excelsior University (then Excelsior College) in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Graduating from Excelsior enabled him to become a U.S. diplomat and special agent, as well as work in the California Legislature and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and travel the world. Hoover and his family have lived in the Middle East, South America, and Africa. He has advised U.S. ambassadors and protected members of Congress, the secretary of state, the Queen of Jordan, vice chairman of the Republic of China, and other high-level dignitaries.

Since graduating from Excelsior, Hoover has earned an MBA, Master of Science in war planning, and a post-graduate degree in educational leadership. He is on track to graduate with a doctorate in education.

He is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Safety program at the University of Virginia and the director of the National Criminal Justice Command College, a collaborative partnership between UVA and the Virginia State Police.

He shares, “I credit Excelsior’s flexible program for adult learners with helping me get to where I am today.”