Robert Faulkens joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association as an Assistant Commissioner on January 10, 2011 and administers the sports of football, Unified flag football, wrestling and baseball. Additionally, he convenes the IHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Faulkens served as a member of the IHSAA Board of Directors beginning in January 2009. He spent 23 years in high school education including the last five as principal at Crispus Attucks, an historic IPS high school. While at the school, he helped re-start its athletics program after 21 years as a junior high school. In 2007, Crispus Attucks was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a "Magnet School of Distinction" during his time there.
Prior to his arrival at Crispus Attucks, Faulkens was an assistant principal at MSD of Pike Township (1999-2005) 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 an Ed.S in urban education at Indiana State University.
Faulkens and his wife, Phyllis Armstrong, have two adult children, Tessa and Nigel. They reside in Indianapolis.