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Rob Hochstetler

Rob HochstetlerRob Hochstetler is the President and CEO of Central Electric Power Cooperative based in Columbia, South Carolina.  Central Electric purchases power for all 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives in South Carolina.  Together, they operate the largest electric distribution system in the state with revenue exceeding $1 billion per year.  More than 1.5 million South Carolinians in all 46 counties use electricity from electric cooperatives.  Mr. Hochstetler has been in his role for just over a year, coming to South Carolina from Indiana.  Rob has been part of the electric industry for over 25 years with prior work experience in power plants, on energy-trading floors and in various executive roles in the electric industry.  His focus within Clemson’s MPA program is regional sustainability.  In his role at Central Electric, Mr. Hochstetler assists each local distribution cooperative with economic development and their effort to improve those communities they serve.

Rob enjoys school and is a life-long learner.   He has an undergraduate degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering, an MBA from Indiana State University, a masters degree in Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology and a masters degree in Strategic Management from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  When asked why he enjoys school so much, Mr. Hochstetler responds, “Learning is a passion.  When I find a program that builds upon the important aspects of my current role or a role I see in my future, I find a passion for the class and an excitement in the interaction with my peers.”  When particularly asked about Clemson’s MPA program, he said, “Clemson’s MPA program is world class.  When a person has a choice of various on-line programs, there is every reason to be selective.  What attracted me to the Clemson program were the professors and most importantly the interaction between professors and students and just as importantly student-to-student interaction.  I find I learn just as much from my peers as I do from the books and instructors and this makes Clemson’s MPA program special.”