Former San Marcos Baptist Academy president Vic Schmidt was recognized by Mayor Susan Narvaiz Aug. 5 with a proclamation honoring his 16 years of service to the Academy. Mr. Schmidt retired as president on July 1 of this year. Schmidt became the twelfth president of SMBA on Nov. 13, 2001, after serving for nine years at the school in three other positions. Schmidt first joined the Academy staff in April of 1992 as the Commandant of Cadets and Dean of Boys. He then served as Principal from July of 1997 until June of 2000, when he became Executive Vice President.
Prior to joining the Academy staff, Schmidt completed a 24-year active duty career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Vietnam and Germany.
During Schmidt’s tenure as president, the Academy experienced a 32 percent rate of growth in enrollment, including the highest re-enrollment percentage achieved in more than 20 years in 2007. Through Schmidt’s leadership, the school expanded its Learning Skills Program; increased the Academy’s property holdings by 20 percent; established an Animal Husbandry Program with a full range of 4-H activities; and created a comprehensive Strategic Plan to design a roadmap for the Academy’s future. Additionally, under Schmidt’s guidance, the Academy established a Student Advisory Program, providing staff mentors for all students, and initiated a Dual-Credit College Course Program, which now engages more than 47 percent of eligible students in college courses. Upon his retirement, Schmidt was presented with the highest award the Academy can bestow on a person, the Exemplary Service Medal.
The Academy’s Board of Trustees on June 11 appointed Dr. John Garrison as Schmidt’s successor. Dr. Garrison, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Texas State University, will begin his duties at the Academy full time Aug. 8.
San Marcos Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school committed to educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. With its cultural diverse student body, the Academy offers a unique co-educational experience for both boarding and day students in the 7th through 12th grades. Founded in 1907, the Academy
is now in its second century of operation. San Marcos Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).
For more information about the San Marcos Academy please visit www.smba.org.
By SHELLEY HENRY
Communications Director – San Marcos Academy