Alan Boyer to speak at JMC scholarship banquet
Alan Boyer will be the speaker for the annual awards banquet of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The banquet will be Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Boyer is a lecturer, corporate business trainer and global marketing executive who drives innovation and revenue to help make great companies better. His passion for connecting legacy and emerging brands and consumers through content marketing, social media and mobile technology is matched by his dedication to teaching young people in the classroom and on the basketball court.
Over the last several years, Boyer has been the associate vice president and digital media director for the Georgia Student Finance Commission and the chief marketing officer for ICON Medical Products, a start-up organization that serves institutional and individual markets. He is also a lecturer in business communications and media studies at Georgia Gwinnett College and Oglethorpe University. He has also been a visiting lecturer in public relations at Berry College and Kennesaw State University, teaching upper-level courses in Public Relations Management, Public Relations Writing, Sports Communications, Public Speaking and Visual Communications. He also consults with numerous startup companies and organizations. In 2013, Alan achieved his life-long dream of making it to the NBA — as a coach for the Atlanta Hawk’s Youth Development Basketball Program.
Boyer’s ties to Kansas State University began in 1971 when his father, K-State Professor Emeritus Dr. James Boyer, joined the faculty in the College of Education, beginning a 28-year distinguished career as the first teaching faculty member who was African American; and his mother Edna worked as a librarian at the Manhattan Middle School. Alan Boyer caught the teaching bug while earning a master of science in mass communications in the former Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at K-State. He was a teaching assistant for the editing courses and was later appointed course instructor while the lead professor went on sabbatical. He was also a two-time Gannett Foundation Scholar, an Associated Press Broadcast Desk Editor and copy editor at Springfield (Missouri) Daily News during his time as a graduate student at the university.
He and his wife, Myra, live near Atlanta. Alan has one grown daughter, Alexandria; and one granddaughter, Aniyah.