Meet Our Leadership

COL William J. Clark(Ret.)

COL Clark’s goal for St John’s is clear and simple – to develop young men into men of character who are well equipped to lead our nation and our world in the future. St. John’s essence is about developing young men into “modern day knights” – men of honor and integrity; men who understand and embrace “Duty, Honor, Country;” men who operate with a clearly defined code of conduct; men who set the example for others to emulate. St John’s strives to accomplish this calling with Christ at the forefront of all our duties and activities.

COL Clark served in the United States Army for a period of 30 years. During his tenure with the Army, COL Clark commanded at every level from platoon through Brigade, serving a total of thirteen years overseas, which included operational deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Bosnia. As a Cavalry Squadron Commander, COL Clark deployed the first Stryker Brigade Cavalry Squadron into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. COL Clark retired from the Army in 2014, culminating his military career as the Garrison Commander of Fort Riley, Kansas. COL Clark’s awards include the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars.

Upon retiring from the Army, COL Clark served as the Chief Operating Officer for USD 475, Geary County Schools, a public school district of approximately 8,000 students and 1,500 employees in Junction City, Kansas for three years before assuming his role at St. John’s Military School. COL Clark holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

COL Clark and his wife of thirty-three years Andrea, have four children, and eight grandchildren. All of the COL Clark’s four children are currently serving in the military, with three serving in the Army and one in the Air Force.

The structured and basic environment that Cadets experience at St. John’s allows them to pursue academics without the distractions common to most high school and middle school environments. Our low student-to-teacher ratio and emphasis on controlled study hall environments provide each Cadet with the opportunity to reach their full academic and intellectual potential. Cadets needing special support receive it from the academic faculty, other staff members or high-performing Cadet tutors. St. John’s is one of the few schools in the nation to receive dual accreditation. All these factors, combined with our ability to be involved with every aspect of a student’s daily life, lead to great academic success. In excess of 90 percent of our graduates are accepted into postsecondary education programs, colleges or universities. Our most recent new Cadets entered the school with an average GPA of 2.236. At the end of the first grading period, the same students had an average GPA of 3.263. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our Cadets and know that they are learning skills that will serve them well in the future.
The Corps of Cadets is organized as a battalion similar to those in the U.S. Army. This structure allows Cadets to learn about and exercise leadership principles and develop self-discipline that will enhance their future lives. Cadets receive practical experience in the organization and execution of daily activities of the corps. This is all done under the watchful eye of the dedicated and caring members of the military staff. Through one-on-one mentoring programs, Cadets learn moral values, reliability, honesty and responsibility to others. The military staff supervises and cares for the Cadets around the clock. We maintain a clean and safe environment where Cadets can explore their capabilities, learn to cope with failures, and develop self-confidence and pride. The bonds of brotherhood are formed and galvanized in this environment. Our Cadets form relationships that last the remainder of their lives. Their commitment to each other helps them navigate difficult times and strengthens them individually.
St. John’s offers numerous varsity, club and intramural athletic programs that emphasize physical health and develop healthy habits that will enhance our Cadets’ lives. Each day, after school, every Cadet must participate in one of these activities. Through them, they become more healthy and confident while learning sportsmanship and teamwork. Our physical activities cater to each boy’s personal capabilities, and the many options available allow Cadets to find one that holds their interest and encourages their innate skills. All physical activities are conducted under the supervision of staff, including adult military advisers and coaches. Each Cadet’s well being and physical growth are of primary concern.
Our Cadets attend mandatory Eucharistic services each Sunday morning and a prayer service on Wednesday evening. Cadets of other denominations can then also attend their own services. While services conducted by our chaplain follow the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, we do not intend to make Episcopalians of all Cadets. We enjoy the diversity that our Cadets bring and have had young men from almost all religious backgrounds. Our programs are designed to encourage each young man to begin on or continue on his own exploration of faith. Small-group meetings and evening devotionals allow Cadets to share their stories, learn from each other and develop their religious beliefs. Our full-time chaplain is present in the classrooms and is involved in all Cadets’ daily lives. He is ever present to provide pastoral care and spiritual uplift.
We provide an environment that is clean, safe and inviting for Cadets. Our staff works selflessly to provide each individual Cadet with their specific needs. Staff become mentors, advisers and confidants, and provide structure when needed. To assist them, we have a campuswide security camera system that provides continuous surveillance of the common areas of barracks and outside campus areas. Our nursing staff is available to Cadets during all waking hours and on call each night. The medical staff is focused on preventive care and the treatment of injuries and illness. In addition to the nursing staff, we offer physicians’ care, chiropractic care, off-campus counseling, and support groups using respected physical and mental health organizations.
Sending your son to St. John’s is not a transfer of responsibility. We view ourselves as being in partnership with parents. Through constant communication from teachers, military advisers, nursing staff and other faculty, we can better provide the unique assistance that each Cadet needs. Your input and involvement in your son’s St. John’s experience is critical to his success. Our dedication is obvious to the parents of current Cadets, as evidenced by their comments on our annual parental survey. The results of the most recent survey are available on our website.

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