Dr. Mary McIntire served as the dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University for 31 years. She received her PhD in English from Rice in 1975 and joined the Office of Continuing Studies the same year. She served as director of Continuing Studies from 1981 until 1986 - when she was named its first dean. During her service to Continuing Studies, the program has grown from an enrollment of a few hundred to, in the last three years alone, a total of 55,000. In the last twelve years, she has led a capital campaign that attracted $25,000,000 in donations for a new Continuing Studies building and has overseen government and foundation grants generating 6+ million for program support. The School also received an endowment in 2005. Mary has been an active member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) since 1990.
Mary is active in the Houston community, having served on United Way committees, Leadership Houston, and several advisory boards. She served as a board member of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council from 2000 to 2010, and as president and chair of the board of the Council from 2007 to 2010. During that time, the Council was the largest in the country, serving 100,000 girls and adult volunteers. She has received a Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Rice Alumni, and has been named a Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women, a Woman of the Year by Houston Women's Federation, Woman of the Year in Education by the Houston YWCA, and of the Houston's 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine.
Mary is married to Rice faculty member Jim Pomerantz and is the step-mother of two sons and a grandmother of three.