Leadership Team

doc1 Leadership TeamDr. C. Keith Harrison, Ed.D
Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer 

Dr. C. Keith Harrison is founder and director of the Paul Robeson Research Center for Academic and Athletic Prowess.  Dr. Harrison is a former football player who earned scholar athlete honors at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Harrison earned his doctorate in higher and post-secondary education at University of Southern California, and continues to teach and research in the area of intercollegiate athletics.  Dr. Harrison is currently the Associate Director for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program as well as the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  Dr. Harrison created the term Scholar-Baller® in 1995.  He may be reached via email at keith@scholarballer.org

Jean Boyd Leadership TeamJean Boyd, M.A.
Co-Founder of Scholar Baller®
Director of Scholar Baller® College
Vice President, College & Professional Development
Jean Boyd co-founded Scholar Baller® with Dr. Harrison and Cliff Parks. Mr. Boyd attended Arizona State University (ASU) where he obtained his B.A. in History and M.A. in Higher & Post Secondary Education. Today he is currently an Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at ASU in which he works on a daily basis with football student-athletes to help them develop critical academic and life skills. Mr. Boyd has personal experience as a student-athlete at a Division I college and spent time in the NFL as well as NFL Europe. He may be reached via email at jean@scholarballer.org

cliff parks sb1 Leadership TeamCliff Parks, M.S., PPS
Co-Founder of Scholar Baller ®
Director of Scholar Baller® High School
Vice President, K-12 Programming
Cliff Parks earned his B.A. in Psychology for Louisiana Tech University while participating as a standout receiver on the football team. He continued his educational endeavors completing his M.S., PPS degree and certificate in Counseling in 2003 at La Verne University. Mr. Parks is special projects counselor for the Long Beach Unified School District and is an expert in urban education and athletic identity issues that most impact inner-city youth. He may be reched via email at  cliff@scholarballer.org

Dr. Comeaux1 Leadership TeamDr. Eddie Comeaux, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Data Management
Dr. Comeaux received his B.A. in American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He then went on to receive a M.S. in Sport Management at the U.S. Sports Academy. Finally, Dr. Comeaux attended University of California at Los Angeles where he received an M.A. in Higher Education and a PhD in Education in 2005. His research interests include college student engagement, intercollegiate athletics, and diversity competence and leadership in defined social systems. Dr. Comeaux teaches courses in the Sport Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Kentucky and has been published in several academic journals. Prior to pursuing his Doctorate degree, Comeaux was drafed in the 1994 amateur free draft by the Texas Rangers baseball organization. He spent four years playing professionally.

Dave H.1 Leadership TeamDave Heikkinen
Director of Image, Incentives and Motivational Materials/Apparel
Dave Heikkinen joined the Scholar Baller® team as in 2003 with the association of his decorated apparel business in Michigan called Heikk’s. Heikkinen earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and his M.S. in Apparel and Merhandising from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to establishing his own business, he spent 13 years in various roles with IBM Robotics and another ten years as Vice President of Sankyo Robotics USA. To the Scholar Baller® team, Heikkinen brings a technical background as well as excellent experience in corporate and international business. At the University of Michigan, he ran cross country and track. He may be reached via email at dave@scholarballer.org

Professor B Leadership TeamScott Bukstein, J.D.
Director of Operations
Scott Bukstein has been a member of the Scholar Baller® Team since 2002.  He is currently a faculty member at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches sport business and sport law classes and is the Program Coordinator of the Undergraduate Sport Business Management Program at UCF.  For a more detailed biography, click here. He may be reached via email at scott@scholarballer.org

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