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Dr. Samuel B. Hoff To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

The Williamsport Area School District Alumni Association will present him with the award during a brief ceremony before the Homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Millionaire Stadium
Dr. Samuel B. Hoff, a 1975 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and now a Delaware State University professor, will return to the campus he credits for laying the foundation for the success and achievements he’s garnered in his professional life to claim the second Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Williamsport Area School District Alumni Association will present him with the award during a brief ceremony before the Homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Millionaire Stadium.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to honor outstanding and significant achievements made by graduates of WAHS.
Humbled by the selection, Hoff expressed his appreciation and affinity for his hometown — in particular, the high school that he believes prepared him well for life beyond high school.

“It’s truly the all-American city,” he said of Williamsport. “(The high school) prepares students for life in more ways than one. I have my parents to thank for choosing Williamsport to reside. I truly think it was a positive feature in my life.”
Further, it’s an award that he believes is a reflection of the inspiration he draws from his family — especially his parents, who instilled the importance of leading an active civic life.
Working in the field of education, Hoff earned the highest degree in his field of political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987, and has taught at seven colleges and universities around the nation.

Hoff is the recipient of several national fellowships in foreign, military and national security studies. Additionally, he has been inducted into many academic honor societies as both a student and faculty member. At Delaware State University, where he has worked since 1989 as a professor of history and political science, Hoff has been recognized with six annual faculty awards covering teaching, research, advising and service. In 1999, he became the first full-time faculty member there to receive an endowed distinguished professorship.
He has served three posts with the U.S. Congress, including as an intern for U.S. Representative Allen E. Ertel, whose district covered Williamsport. Hoff also has been a registered and official candidate for the U.S. president in every election since 1988. In 2003 and 2004, he traveled with academic groups to Cuba and Vietnam, respectively.
Hoff is considered a national authority on the American presidency, and often is tapped for commentary by television stations and newspapers. He appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in 2010 and regularly contributes opinion columns to newspapers in Delaware.

In the community, Hoff has held several leadership posts, having served as the chair of the Dover Human Relations Commission for five years, a board member of the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware and president of Delmarva Discussions. At the state level, he served on the Military Academy Selection Committee for U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman in 2009.

Nationally, he recently completed a five-year term as vice president for Military Awards for the General Society of the War of 1812. In this position, he was responsible for sending awards to more than 300 ROTC units annually.

Yet, Hoff has never forgotten his roots. He continues to subscribe to the Sunday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, maintains contact with friends and family here in Williamsport and is still a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
At WAHS, Hoff was involved with track-and-field, football, and other clubs and organizations — all of which he believes are opportunities for experiences that can “give someone the commitment and wherewithal to understand the long-term ramifications of helping others.”
“Through the instruction and the courses we took, we were given enough choice and direction to put us in good standing for the next level,” he added. “Whether vocational, practical or college-oriented, there are plenty of opportunities to get prepared for whatever direction they choose. I had strong preparation and it was outstanding.”
Hoff noted that among the hundreds of alumni who qualify for this award, he said he was glad to hear he was selected.

“In the shadow of Frank Girardi, those are big shoes to fill,” he said of the 2012 award recipient.
Hoff and his wife, Phyllis, live in Dover, Del.
“I am pleased to have Dr. Samuel Hoff represent the alumni of the Williamsport Area School District for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Susan Swank-Caschera, president of the Alumni Association. “His contributions to both his field of work and community are exemplary.”

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