Following a year and three months of serving as interim dean, Dr. William J. McIntyre was recently named the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at The University of Texas-Pan American.
"I was obviously pretty excited about being chosen dean. For me, having spent most of my academic life in pharmacy, interacting with all the different professions in the college has been refreshing and exciting," McIntyre said. He looks forward to dealing with the many challenges the different programs face in training their students.
The College includes the Departments of Nursing, Social Work, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitative Services as well as Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dietetics and Physician Assistant programs. The College also has a cooperative pharmacy program with The University of Texas at Austin.
"McIntyre was chosen because of his understanding of health science programs and his extensive administrative experience. He brings an excellent background in developing new programs and in working effectively with faculty," Arévalo said.
McIntyre obtained both his bachelor's degree and doctorate in pharmacy from Wayne State University in Michigan. He served his pharmacy residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan and a clinical residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he became assistant director of the Department of Pharmacy and an assistant professor in UK's College of Pharmacy.
McIntyre said one of his most memorable career moments occurred during his pediatric oncology rotation. During this time he gave ongoing advice and information to a poor and underprivileged family from Appalachia about the drug treatment required for their eight-year-old son with leukemia. After six months of helping the family who had no phone and traveled 100 miles each way for care, the child made a special trip at Halloween to give McIntyre an apple to thank him for his help.
"I tell my students that the more apples you get in your career is what matters - not the awards, publications or money. Those apples make you feel good about what you are doing," he said.
After a fellowship in cancer immunology through UT Austin's Health Science Center in Austin, McIntyre spent a number of years on the faculty at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. McIntyre returned to Texas in 2000 to serve as assistant dean and associate professor for the Cooperative Pharmacy Program at UTPA.
McIntyre has garnered many honors during his professional career including being nominated for the American College of Clinical Pharmacology educator award in 2002. Currently involved in an extensive list of University committees, McIntyre has been a member of the Programming Committee for the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) to be located across the street from the College's offices on the UTPA campus.
McIntyre is an active member of numerous national, regional and state professional organizations and has established a long list of publications, speeches and research grant work with a special interest in cancer treatment. Current research projects also include a study on the ethnicity of enrollees in Texas Colleges of Pharmacy, focusing on why there is not more Hispanic pharmacy faculty.
With all programs externally accredited, McIntyre said most of the College's programs are academically sound. Fortunately, he said, the requirement of most programs in this College to pass a board or certification exam in order to work in the profession provides an external gauge of performance.
"Our nursing program this year did very well. December 2002 graduates had a pass rate on their state board exam between 92 and 96 percent, which was above that of UT Austin nursing graduates," McIntyre said.
Among short term goals for the College, McIntyre hopes to improve the student retention rate and increase the number of faculty doing research.
"One of this college's key missions is to do research that will have an impact on the quality of life of the people in the Rio Grande Valley. It is our duty to the community," McIntyre said.
He hopes to identify more people and areas of interest in the various college departments for collaboration in research projects, particularly in the areas of wellness and child and domestic abuse. McIntyre also hopes that increased research opportunities will create an atmosphere that will stimulate the students' interest in pursuing advanced degrees and becoming faculty members themselves.
Long term goals for the College identified by McIntyre include establishing some doctoral level programs and offering more online programs for Valley students.