Arthur “Art” Faulkner was born in Franklin, Kentucky. At age 12, his father was called to pastor St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Marion, IN, and the whole family made a big move to the Hoosier state.
Faulkner graduated from Marion High School in 1958, then attended college at Purdue University, graduating in 1964. While working at Marion General Hospital in food service, Faulkner met his wife, Rita. They now have 4 successful adult children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Faulkner has set a great example in society all of his life. He has vast leadership with Marion Community Schools’ Board of Trustees, Parent Involvement Committee, and Black History Club. Faulkner expressed gratitude for the Black History Club’s rapport in giving students educational opportunities including scholarships through Black colleges while sharing relatable success stories.
Faulkner takes pleasure and honor in volunteering on various community boards including the Marion Senior Citizens Board, Rotary Club, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Grant-Blackford Mental Health Board. Faulkner reflected how Grant-Blackford has become a model around the state to address mental and emotional challenges, especially with the pandemic causing more cases. Faulkner also led the Carey Services Board, and has found joy in working with IWU’s MLK Committee, honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a celebratory convocation. “My wife is a marvelous singer and has been a great recruiter for the MLK choir,” Faulkner remarked.
His greatest passion and calling is his involvement in the faith community. For most of his life, Faulkner has been a deacon for St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church…the same church where his father pastored. He said the longstanding church has been a key component of the community spiritually and socially.
Faulkner also fondly reflected on the decade (2008−2018) that the Dr. Robert H. Faulkner Academy was active and thriving. The A‑rated charter school named after his father, Art helped develop from an enrichment program. The school had grown to be Ball State University’s most accomplished schools.
The Clarence Faulkner Community Center, named after Art’s uncle who donated the land for the center, remains an active place for civic-minded functions, private events, and more. He noted his family’s deep roots in Marion.
Faulkner has been recognized as Indiana Dietary Managers Association’s Administrator of the Year, and has received the Marion NAACP Community Service Award, Fathering Award from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and IWU’s Tony Maidenberg Community Service Award among his honors.
“I am blessed to have people believe in me. It’s always a joy when you feel your efforts are meaningful to assist people in our community,” Faulkner concluded.