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Saint Mary’s University

St. Mary's University is a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution located on 135 acres northwest of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States.



1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio
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Founded as St. Mary's Institute, the school opened on Aug. 25, 1852, with a faculty of five and an enrollment of 12 boys. It relocated to a location on College Street along the east bank of the San Antonio River in 1853 and in 1882 changed its name to St. Mary's College. In 1891, 75 acres located in Woodlawn Hills northwest of downtown were purchased as a new campus. In 1894, the new school, St. Louis College opened for boarding students and while St. Mary's College remained open for day students. St. Louis College received junior college status from the State of Texas in 1895. In 1921 all college classes were transferred from downtown to the St. Louis College campus. In 1923, St. Louis College became St. Mary�s College with an enrollment of 12 in the freshman class. Grade school and high school students remained at the downtown school, which adopted the name St. Mary�s Academy. The new St. Mary's College quickly gained senior college status and in 1927 the first class of bachelor's degree candidates graduated from the newly renamed St. Mary's University. In 1932, the high school programs at St. Mary's Academy relocated from the College Street campus to become Central Catholic High School.Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary's, located on 135 acres (0.55 km2) 3 miles northwest of Downtown San Antonio, a nationally recognized liberal arts institution with a diverse student population of nearly 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds. In 1987, Polish-American silent film star Pola Negri left most of her estate to St. Mary's University, including a collection of memorabilia and several rare prints of her films. St. Mary's University also set up a scholarship in her name.

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St. Mary�s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence. Our mission statement is a reflection of the Characteristics of Marianist Universities. There are five elements that characterize the Marianist approach to education: Educate for formation in faith Provide an integral quality education Educate in the family spirit Educate for service, justice and peace Educate for adaptation and change



Politics, Law, and Service Fernando Andrade, M.A. 1979, current Congressman at the Congress of the Republic of Peru and former Mayor of the Miraflores District, Lima Stuart Bowen, J.D. 1991, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Marc A. Cisneros, B.B.A. 1961, U.S. Army lieutenant general, fmr. commander, United States Army South, and fmr. president, Texas A&M University�Kingsville James R. Clapper Jr., M.S. 1970, Political Science, Director of National Intelligence Tom Corbett, J.D. 1975, current governor of Pennsylvania and the state's former attorney general John Cornyn, J.D. 1977, U.S. Senator from Texas; former justice, Texas Supreme Court; St. Mary's Distinguished Law School Graduate (1994) David Alan Ezra, B.B.A. 1969, J.D., 1972, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, former Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii Blake Farenthold, J.D. 1989, U.S. Representative for Texas's 27th congressional district. Delia Garcia, M.A., 2004, First Latina and youngest female legislator at age 27 elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, 2004 Charlie Gonzalez, J.D. 1972, U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, LL.B. 1943, former U.S. Congressman Paul W. Green, J.D. 1977, Texas Supreme Court Justice Joe A. Guerra, B.S. 1957, Laredo businessman and city councilor Thad Heartfield, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1965, chief judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Glenn Hegar, M.A., Texas state senator since 2007; member of the Texas House from 2003-2007, candidate for Comptroller of Public Accounts in 2014 Republican primary election Peter Kinder, J.D. 1979, lieutenant governor of Missouri Alma Lopez, J.D. 1968, Chief Justice, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals Frank L. Madla, B.A. 1959, M.A. 1962, Texas state senator and representative Marina Marmolejo, M.A., J.D. 1996, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Mercurio Martinez, Jr., BBA 1959, Webb County county judge from 1991 to 2002 Michael McCaul, J.D. 1987, U.S. Congressman Scott McInnis, J.D. 1980, U.S. Congressman Mario G. Obledo, LL.B. 1960, co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Tony Sanchez, B.A. 1965, J.D. 1969, unsuccessful candidate for governor of Texas, 2002 gubernatorial election Frank M. Tejeda, B.A. 1970, Texas state representative, Texas state senator, U.S. Congressman Alfred Valenzuela, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1979, United States Army major general Don S. Wenger, U.S. Air Force major general Business Frank A. Bennack Jr., Class of 1960, vice chairman and CEO of the Hearst Corporation Benjamin Biaggini, B.S. 1936, former president of the Southern Pacific Company, parent company of Southern Pacific Railroad Bill Greehey, B.B.A 1960, chairman of NuStar Energy, former chairman of Valero Energy Corporation Felix Stehling, co-founder of Taco Cabana[12] Wilberto S Montes de Oca,1964, B A physics, elected Vice President of ITT Corp, and Director of Operations of this financial services, insurance, automotive, hotels and defense products.[13] Religion Richard Gaillardetz, M.A. 1984, Joseph McCarthy Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College The Most Rev. Raymond Roussin, S.M., B.A. 1960, first Marianist archbishop, Archbishop of Vancouver 2004-09 The Most Rev. J. Arturo Cepeda, M.A. 2001, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit The Most Rev. Bernard Ferdinand Popp, M.A. 1975, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of San Antonio Athletics Melvin Allys "Bert" Gallia, Class of 1911, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies Danny Heep, former Major League Baseball outfielder and 1988 World Series Champion Jeff Kubenka, B.A. 1996, former Major League Baseball pitcher Robert Reid, B.A. 1977, former National Basketball Association player for the Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Philadelphia 76ers Arts, Entertainment, and Media Theodore Albrecht, B.M.E. 1967, musicologist Brian Anderson, broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers Charles Fincher, J.D. 1971, American cartoonist ("Thadeus & Weez") Michele Lepe, stage name of Michelle Ockenfels, Class of 1997, Emmy Award-winning host of The Good Night Show, a program on PBS Kids Sprout, a 24-hour cable channel for preschoolers Larry Levinson, B.A. 1979, executive producer of more than 160 made-for-television movies Bobby Pulido, Class of 1995, Mexican-American Tejano music recording artist John Qui�ones, B.A. 1974, ABC News correspondent and co-anchor of ABC News' Primetime Education Jos� �ngel Guti�rrez 1968, attorney, co-founder of the Mexican American Youth Organization, president of Raza Unida Party, professor at the University of Texas at Arlington Science, medicine, and technology Homer A. Ahr, B.S. 1968, retired IBM Corporation Consulting Architect, Mission Control operator for Apollo 11, Apollo 13 Giovanni G. Fazio, B.S. 1954, B.A. 1954, Ph.D., senior physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Roberto L. Jimenez, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and former chairman of the board of managers for University Health Systems, the public hospital district for Bexar County



Urban, 135 Acres (0.55�Km2)