Hoskins graduated from Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1981. He recently retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Scitor Corporation, a provider of systems engineering and technical assistance for space programs. Hoskins completed a distinguished 20-year career in the Air Force before joining Scitor in 1994 as director of special projects. His experience includes assignments at the Air Force Cryptology Depot, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Hoskins received the Distinguished Service Medal from the director of Central Intelligence, the Bronze Medallion from the director of the National Security Agency, and two Defense Superior Service Medals from the Secretary of Defense.
He is part of the 2013 class of inductees into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. Along with his service on the Auburn University Foundation board, he is a member of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Auburn Alumni Council and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics' Athletics Advisory Council. Hoskins is a member of Auburn's James E. Foy Loyalty Society, Petrie Society, and 1856 Society, as well as Engineering's Keystone Society and the Ginn Society, and the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business' Shareholders' Club.
He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and an Orange Member of its Circle of Excellence. He is married to Bertha, who graduated from Auburn in 1980 with a degree in accounting, and they have one son, Alexander James Hoskins, who graduated from Auburn in 2010.