Mark Herman ′85
Behavioral Science major
Residing in Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Mark Herman ′85 is a middle school principal, a coach, a ministry leader, and a father of eight, who is also working toward a doctorate in educational leadership. But none of these roles are what defines him.
“My life is about Christ and not about me,” says Herman, who leads 715 students at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School in southeastern Pennsylvania. “It’s about who you are, not what you do. It’s about love and forgiveness, grace and mercy, truth and integrity.”
Herman’s existential approach to life stems from his keen interest in human behavior. As a behavioral science major at Messiah College, he learned early on that psychology and sociology were perfect platforms from which to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an incarnational way.
“We are Christ’s hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouthpieces in the world today,” says Herman. “I want those around me-students, support staff, faculty, parents, and colleagues-to be drawn to Christ because of me.”
With all of his achievements, including carrying the 1996 Olympic Torch for the Atlanta Games, Herman believes his journey has just begun.
“The older I get, the more I realize how much I don’t know, and the more I am aware how much I need to learn and grow,” he shares. But the one thing Herman does know is that the measure of his success is based on the accomplishments and life satisfaction of his former students.
“I measure my achievements, or successes, every time an alumnus returns and wants me to know what is happening in their lives … particularly when they reference what they are doing for the cause of Christ and the betterment of society.”
Posted on February 3rd, 2009