San Marcos Academy
Trustees: (front row) Mrs. Dorothy Renfrow, Mrs. Carol Garrison, Dr. Ruth B. Welborn, Mr. Billy Belcher ’73, Mrs. Judy Renick, (back row) Dr. Alan Lane Lee, Mr. John Harrell, Mr. David McCall, Dr. Carey D. Froelich, Mr. Danny Dawdy, Dr. Brian N. Guenther (president). Not pictured: Mr. Steven Gaither, Mr. Thomas Myers, Mr. Lee Skipper, Dr. Dewey Whisenant.
Dr. Guenther joined the San Marcos Academy staff in 2015 as Associate Academic Dean and was named Interim Dean in 2018. On August 1, 2018, he became the fifteenth President of the Academy.
A certified superintendent, principal and teacher, Dr. Guenther received his Ed.D. Degree in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB). He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Higher Education Administration from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UMHB. Dr. Guenther has a passion for excellence in teaching and challenging students, faculty, and staff to reach their highest potential. Additionally, he has spent more than two decades serving in church ministry in a number of roles; associate pastor, teaching pastor, worship leader, youth pastor, and elder.
Brian, his wife, Christy, and their four children have a desire to share the Gospel and live their lives as examples of living on mission.
Wiegand grew up on the hill behind SWTSU and adjacent to San Marcos Academy, on the land which is now Texas State West Campus. He graduated from SWT in 1978, and pursued a career in education and coaching. Coaching took him through Central, Southeast, and South Texas. While in South Texas he obtained his Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&I University.
In the 90’s Bob served as principal of Medina Valley High School. From 1999-2007 he was the principal at New Braunfels Canyon High School. During 2007 and 2008 he took one year away from education, working in a non-denominational ministry and consulting for school districts and businesses. Wiegand returned to education in Navarro where he led the Intermediate campus from 2008-2014. Campus teams under his direction were recognized as TEA Recognized and Exemplary campuses, Title I Part A Distinguished Performance, and State Comptroller FAST 5 Star ratings among other recognitions.
From 2014-2018 Bob ran his own small business and contracted in hurricane relief after Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In 2018 San Marcos Academy called Wiegand to be their Academic Dean. He currently serves SMA as their Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer.
At Central Texas College, she served as the Director of College Development, Executive Director of CTC’s Foundation, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Amy worked in development at Scott and White Healthcare as the Director of Foundation Relations and a Gifts Officer for McLane Children’s Hospital. Ms. Bawcom started her professional career at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB), where she was an Assistant Professor in English, a lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages, Registrar, and Director of Institutional Research. She joined San Marcos Academy in July 2018 as the Associate Vice President for Development.
She received her M.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Baylor and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration as well as a B.S. in English with secondary teacher certification from UMHB. She is currently working on her dissertation to complete an Ed.D. Degree in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration at UMHB.
Before taking her position at the Academy, she worked in the Software and Telecommunications industries at various companies including VMware, Vignette, Level3, and Century Link.
Rhonda has both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Texas State University. She is a proud fifth generation Hill Country Texan having lived most of her life in the Wimberley and San Marcos area. A member of the San Marcos Lions Club, Rhonda is a co-sponsor of the SMA Leo Club. Rhonda has three wonderful step-children with her husband, Matt.