2016 Conference Planning Committee Discussions
Keynote Option - Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin - Craig is one of the most sought after speakers in America speaking at programs, events, graduations and conferences across America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping those who are less fortunate with great humility and candor. Craig was ultimately diagnosed with a learning disability and placed in special education classes. Due to his difficulties in school Craig repeated the third and fifth grade. Consequently, by the time Craig was in the tenth grade he was two years older than most of his classmates and he still did not hold the necessary skills to write a five sentence paragraph. Overwhelmed, Craig ultimately dropped out of high school, thus continuing the cycle of high school dropouts in his family. Craig’s mother, father, brother and sister all dropped out of high school. Confused about life, Craig began engaging in dangerous activities that led him to land in jail. He decided to enroll in the Job Corps career program which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in Retail Sales from Carl D. Perkins Job Corps in Prestonsburg, KY. Immediately upon graduating from Job Corps, Craig enlisted in the U.S. Army. It was in the military that Craig developed integrity and discipline. Craig enrolled in one of the most challenging four year universities in his home town. In spite of the educational challenges he faced with a G.E.D, learning disability, and the pressure of failing, three years later, Craig graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, both from Faulkner University. Craig is currently working on his Ph.D. in Adult Education.