Robert Faulkens joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association as an Assistant Commissioner on January 10, 2011 and administers the sports of football, wrestling and boys and girls track and field.
Formerly the principal at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School in Indianapolis, Faulkens had served as a member of the IHSAA Board of Directors since January 2009. He had spent 23 years in high school education including the last four as principal at Crispus Attucks, which guides students interested in the medical and allied health professions. While at the school, he helped re-start its athletics program after it served as a junior high school from 1986 through 2006.
Prior to his arrival at Crispus Attucks, Faulkens was an assistant principal at MSD of Pike Township (1999-2006) and Lawrence North High School (1994-99). He also taught geography, world history and U.S. history at Ben Davis High School (1993-94) and South Wayne Junior High School (1989-93). There he coached football, basketball, track and baseball and also provided leadership within a pair of area youth sports organizations.
Faulkens was a three-sport athlete at the prep and collegiate levels playing football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from South Bend’s LaSalle High School in 1980 and earned a B.A. degree in economics from Earlham College in Richmond in 1984. He went on to earn a M.S. degree in education from Butler University in 1995 and is currently working on a dissertation to complete a doctorate degree in urban education at Indiana State University.
Faulkens and his wife, Phyllis Armstrong, have two children, Tessa and Nigel. They reside in Indianapolis.