A Welcome from President Brian N. Guenther

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In 1908, the first graduating class of SMA, the Class of 1909, stepped foot on our original campus on Academy Street. Decades later, seniors in the 116th class, the Class of 2024, are in the process of completing their Upper School education on our Ranch Road 12 campus.  This past school year, we welcomed the youngest students ever at the Academy when we initiated a PreK Program. How blessed we are to partner with parents in overseeing the education of all our students, from those just starting out to those almost at the finish line.

San Marcos Academy is settled within the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, just outside of San Marcos. Our 220-acre campus allows us the opportunity to provide students a competitive edge when they move into career opportunities or enroll in University higher education. Above all, our Christian heritage encourages our students in their faith as we become the shining light on a hill, not just in Texas, but throughout the world.

Since its founding, San Marcos Academy has educated students from around the globe. Both our Boarding and Day programs are designed to provide a strong academic foundation, built on excellence, as well as to equip our students with the values and virtues that enable them to become upstanding citizens. The opportunities for leadership are extensive, and students are encouraged to get involved in campus organizations, athletics, fine arts, and service to the surrounding community.

We look forward to seeing you on the SMA Campus and giving you a taste of the “Academy Experience.”


Dr. Brian N. Guenther, Ed.D.

About the President . . .

President Guenther with his familyDr. Brian N. Guenther was named the fiftteenth president of San Marcos Baptist Academy on August 1, 2018, and was inaugurated on March 30, 2019. He and his family reside on the SMA campus in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.  Dr. Guenther has spent the past 17 years in the field of education, serving as a teacher and administrator.  He has a passion for excellence in teaching and challenging students, faculty, and staff to reach their highest potential. Additionally, he has spent over two decades serving in church ministry in a number of roles: associate pastor, teaching pastor, worship leader, youth pastor, and elder. Dr. Guenther and his wife, Christy, have a desire to share the Gospel and serve as examples of living on mission.

Dr. and Mrs. Guenther have four children. Caleb, a 2020 graduate of SMA and Wilson, Faith and Grace, 2023 graduates of SMA. All who currently attend Mary Hardin-Baylor University. Their family has been featured in the Emmy Award-winning news special, Children Left Behind: A KVUE Defenders Investigation.