President Col(R) William J. Clark
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(R) William (Bill) Clark served in the United States Army for a period of 30 years. During his tenure with the Army, Bill 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. Bill 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, Bill 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.
Bill and his wife of thirty-three years Andrea, have four children, and eight grandchildren. All of the Clark’s four children are currently serving in the military, with three serving in the Army and one in the Air Force.