2015 Convocation & Programmatic Orientation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:00am
St. John’s Episcopal Church 1 Mountain Avenue, SW Roanoke, Virginia

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Jefferson College of Health Sciences hosted our annual Convocation Ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Roanoke, just across the street from our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

More About Our 2015 Convocation Ceremony Guest Speaker Chief David Hoback, B.S., Roanoke Fire-EMS Department

David Hoback is the Chief of the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department. He has over 30 years of Fire & EMS experience and began his career with the City of Roanoke in 1985.

Chief Hoback started out as a volunteer in 1980, and was hired by the City of Roanoke as a paramedic in 1985 after graduating from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. He was promoted to Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management in 1989 charged with developing and overseeing of the City's new career EMS program.

In 2002, he received his Executive Fire Officer Designation from the National Fire Academy and in 2007 received his Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University.

Hoback oversaw the Department’s Accreditation process in 2002, 2007 and 2012. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2002, took over as acting Chief in 2005 and was promoted to Chief in 2007. Chief Hoback serves on numerous Fire & EMS committees and Boards. He was appointed to the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board by Gov. Bob McDonnell and serves as the immediate Past President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA). During his tenure as President of the VFCA, he helped coordinate a Chief Officer 101 program, helped establish Mutual Aid Net and worked tirelessly alongside his peers to improve the Commonwealth’s Fire & EMS services.

In May 2015, Hoback received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Jefferson College of Health Sciences as part of the Education Foundation’s Alumni Awards Program.

David lives in Roanoke with his wife Marie. They have two daughters Samantha who works as an editor at The Roanoker Magazine, and Macie, a student at Roanoke College.