Hallmark History

Hallmark University was founded as Hallmark Aero-Tech back in 1969 in San Antonio, Texas. Hallmark University was founded in 1969 as Hallmark Aero-Tech. Cofounder, Richard Fessler, started our institution with the primary purpose of serving students, industry, and the community. The University continues to operate today on the original four core values established by Mr. Fessler.

Our first campus was located at San Antonio’s historic Stinson Municipal Airport and the first program approved was Aviation Maintenance Technology, offered as a diploma program. On September 18, 1969 the doors opened to eight pioneering students who paved the way for the many thousands of proud Hallmark alumni that have followed.

RichardFessler60sIn 1974 Richard Fessler became President of Hallmark and led in that capacity through 1999. His vision and commitment to quality education led the expansion of the college into numerous fields of training including Business and Electronic Engineering. In 1982 Hallmark became the first private career school in the State of Texas to be awarded Associate degree-granting authority. This expansion of offerings and a growing enrollment led to the addition of two beautiful new campuses which continue to serve the university today. In the mid- 1990’s Hallmark Aero-Tech became The Hallmark Institutes and in 2000 Richard Fessler assumed the position of Chairman and Joe Fisher became President. Throughout the early 2000’s Hallmark expanded its program offerings to include Allied Health and Information Technology degrees, and in 2007 Hallmark Institute became Hallmark College. In 2008 Hallmark College was one of the first career colleges in Texas to offer Bachelor’s Degrees and in 2012 received authorization to offer programs at the Master’s Degree level.

In order to secure the College’s mission for future generations, Hallmark College transitioned to a non-profit institution on January 1, 2013 and is governed by a Board of Trustees dedicated to our founding principles and core values. Student, industry, and community needs continue to be the focus of Hallmark College and today equips leaders with Certificates, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in Aviation, Accounting, Business, Information Systems, Global Management, Medical Assisting and Registered Nursing.

To align more closely to our mission and better serve future generations of Hallmark students, Hallmark College was promoted to Hallmark University in January 2015. This change was an important step, paving the way for the next chapter in Hallmark’s legacy.