Richard A. Boyum is a retired Foreign Service Officer. He spent the majority of his career with the State Department in the Office of English Language Programs serving in numerous overseas locations where he gained extensive international experience in program management, grants administration, training, facilitation, and leadership development. He received a Master of Education in Bilingual Education and English as a Foreign Language from Georgetown University. He is proficient in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, and is conversant in Arabic, Thai, and German. In 2005, Mr. Boyum received TESOL’s James E. Alatis Award for his outstanding contributions to the field. He was honored with the Royal Thai Achievement Award for his innovative satellite educational programming in 2004. He also served on TESOL’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 1999.