Dr. David McIntyre, the founding Director of the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service graduate Certificate in Homeland Security program, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020.
Dr. McIntyre had been writing, teaching, and presenting on national security and homeland security issues for more than thirty years and was integral to the development of the Homeland Security Track in the School’s Executive Master of Public Service and Administration degree and the security policy concentration in the School’s Master of Public Service and Administration degree. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Curriculum Standards Committee for the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) and had recently served as a Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. At the time of his passing, he was working on the third and fourth volumes of a multi-volume set of essays entitled How to Think about Homeland Security.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Dr. McIntyre later earned a master’s in English and American literature from Auburn University and a PhD in government and political science (security studies) from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Dr. McIntyre retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel after a distinguished thirty-year career that included duties in airborne and reconnaissance units as well as writing and teaching strategy. He wrote congressional testimony and national strategic documents for the Army Chief of Staff and the Commander of U.S military forces in the Pacific, taught in the West Point Department of English, and retired as the Dean of Faculty and Academics at the National War College.
Dr. McIntyre was appointed to the National Security Education Board by President George W. Bush in June 2008, confirmed by the Senate, and served until 2012. From 2010 until 2014, he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Homeland Security Studies & Analysis Institute (HSSAI) in Washington, DC. He also previously served on the National Board of Directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (a public-private partnership with the FBI), as Academic Advisor to the University and Colleges Committee of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEA), as board member of the Homeland Security/Defense Educational Consortium, and on the 2002-2003 Defense Science Board Summer Study on Homeland Security.
Dr. Lori L. Taylor, Head of the Department of Public Service and Administration, noted that Dr. McIntyre was an award-winning teacher and valued colleague, who was always ready to share his expertise and experience with faculty and students alike. “We will miss Dave greatly and send our condolences to his family,” Taylor added.