For more than 30 years, the Goals for St. Mark's strategic planning process has served as a road map for the School, guiding its focus and ensuring excellence is never taken for granted.
In the early 1980s, under the leadership of Trustees such as Robert Decherd ’69 and Robert Hoffman ’65, St. Mark’s set out to create its first strategic plan, modeled after the successful Goals for Dallas of the 1960s. The result was Goals for St. Mark’s, a document that combined the priorities of the entire community and set forth a road map for the future.

In the decades since Goals I first launched, much has changed. The physical campus has been, and will continue to be, transformed with new facilities. Classroom curriculum and campus programs have adapted to prepare boys for the modern world. And the student composition has become a diverse community of the best and brightest learners and leaders. Goals II and Goals III, launched in 1990 and 2002, respectively, laid out steps for the School’s growth over the decades.

Now, after a full year of reflections and recommendations and more than 50 working drafts, St. Mark's is proud to present this final document. While this document is now being unveiled, work is already underway to address many of its recommendations. The Science Center Project is under construction, the Character & Leadership program is continually expanding, and classroom curriculums are ever-evolving. Over the next few years, the other priorities will be addressed with a careful plan of execution.


Goals for St. Mark’s IV is the result of thousands of hours of work from hundreds of community members, including students, parents, alumni, Trustees, faculty, staff, volunteers, and friends.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the many individuals who contributed to this important project.


Katherine R. Crow
Vice President, Board of Trustees, Parent of Alumni

Alan C. Schoellkopf, Jr. ’91
Trustee, Parent

Cynthia F. Smith
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni

A. Michael Warnecke ’87
Trustee, Parent 

Faculty Members

John Ashton
Associate Headmaster

David P. Baker
Director of Admission & Financial Aid, Parent of Alumnus

Teri Broom
First Grade Faculty, Parent, Parent of Alumnus

David W. Dini
Eugene McDermott Headmaster

D. Scott Gonzalez
Faculty Senior Master, English & Humanities Teacher

Scott Hunt
Arnold E. Holtberg Master Teaching Chair

Kathryn W. Mallick
Lower School Administrative Assistant, Former Trustee, Parent, Parent of Alumni
Marsha L. McFarland
Cecil H. and Ida Green Master Teaching Chair

John S. Mead
Eugene McDermott Master Teaching Chair in Science

Paul A. Mlakar
Director of Academic Information Systems, Math Teacher

Nicholas D. Sberna
Former Faculty Member

Mark Sullivan
Director of Physical & Experiential Education

Martin F. Stegemoeller
Malcolm K. and Minda Brachman Master Teaching Chair

Kurt J. Tholking
Computer Science Teacher, Parent

Suzanne Townsend
Chief Financial Officer

Bruce C. Westrate
Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Master Teaching Chair

James R. Womack ’98
Director of Development, Parent

Community Members

Pallavi D. Chavda
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Drew Clancy ’84
Former Trustee

William Douglas Graue ’84
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

Jeffrey S. Hillier ’76
Trustee, Parent of Alumni

Vera R. Ingram
Trustee, Parent, Parent of Alumnus

M. Dean Itani ’11

Amee M. Joshi
Trustee, Parent

Eric E. Kusin ’00

Christen E. J. Lee ’96
Former Trustee
Fraser E. Marcus ’72
Trustee, Parent

Jon L. Mosle III ’79
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

Gjon N. Nivica, Jr.
Trustee, Parent

Elizabeth B. Perry-Miller

Karen S. Pollock
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

Veeral K. Rathod ’97

Helene C. Rudberg
Former Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

J. Carl Sewell III ’02

Abigail Williams

Taylor H. Wilson ’81
Trustee, Parent of Alumnus

About Goals for St. Mark's IV

Goals for St. Mark’s IV is the fourth statement of strategic goals for St. Mark’s School of Texas. Goals IV was adopted by the School’s Board of Trustees on January 10, 2017, and it replaces Goals for St. Mark’s III, which guided the School for more than a decade.