​​​​​​SOUTH CAROLINA ORGANIZATION OF RURAL SCHOOLS

 

Wesley L. Boykin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Wesley L. Boykin, Ph.D., M.P.H. has more than 25 years of successful experience as a researcher, program evaluator, strategic planner and administrator in the fields of education and human services in both the public and private sectors. His education, career, and research have focused on critical issues such as instructional reform, instructional technology, effective schools, student achievement, and psycho-social correlates of human learning and conditions of minority populations. Dr. Boykin serves as the Lead Evaluation and Policy Analysis Consultant at Affective Education located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Additionally, he is the lead planner and organizer of the Global Vision International Learning Tours conducted annually in Africa, Asia and South America.  These learning experiences are rooted in the teachings of the late Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard.

Dr. Wesley L. Boykin most recently served as the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health and Associate Professor of Public Health at Voorhees College. Prior to that short-term position, he led teams of researchers and evaluators at Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory (Denver and Honolulu) that worked to uncover new knowledge and enhanced understanding of relevant policy and the teaching-learning process at state, local and organizational levels to facilitate improved educational practices and learner outcomes.

Dr. Boykin served as Chief Administrator for Strategic Planning and School Support and the Accountability and Assessment Officer at Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. He served as the Director of Shared Accountability for Montgomery County Public Schools (MD). He served as the Director of the Office of Program Evaluation and Testing in the Dallas Independent School District (TX). Throughout his career, Dr. Boykin has trained staff and parents in the appropriate use of assessment results; managed research on testing issues; conducted research and evaluation studies relating to instructional programs, delivery systems, and special services; and established a consistent, uniform, and precise reporting mechanism for the transmission of information from the schools into a central data base. Additionally, Dr. Boykin served as the Director of Research and Policy at ACT, Inc. in Austin, Texas and as the research, evaluation and assessment officer at both the Institute for Student Achievement in Lake Success, New York and Riverdeep Interactive Learning (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Dr. Boykin began his career in the Milwaukee Public Schools as an English teacher.

Boykin served on several United States Department of Education panels and committees, including seven years as a National Review Panelist for the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. In addition, he has presented at national educational conferences and workshops on such topics as academic accountability, minority student achievement, and parental involvement and responsibility.

Wesley Boykin is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Black School Educators for nine years and as the editor of the Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators. Dr. Boykin is the recipient of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators' State Leadership Award for contributions to the education of disadvantaged youth and support of state initiatives in federal education programs.

Dr. Boykin is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He received an M.S. (human learning and development) and Ph.D. (research, evaluation and statistical analysis) in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, as well as a post-doctoral Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his mid-management certification requirements at the University of North Texas in Denton. He conducts annual international learning symposia in honor of the late Dr. Asa Hilliard in Africa and Asia, including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates.