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Spotlight: Mike McIntyre

Top Level Executive at Microsoft

After nearly 30 years in the high level computer software world, USC Sumter alumnus Mike McIntyre takes time to reflect on his career and the strong foundation he built at the university.  

“I would not trade the time I spent at USC Sumter for anything in the world,” McIntyre said. “I believe that it more than prepared me for the challenges that I would face, not only when I arrived at the main campus, but also life.”

McIntyre did not have to travel far to start his college career at USC Sumter. Originally from Sumter, McIntyre lived here up until transferring to USC Columbia after two years at the Sumter campus. He graduated from USC Columbia in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

I didn’t realize how good the quality of the education I received was until I got to the main campus. It was apparent almost immediately that not only was I on an even footing (academically) with the other students; but, in some cases, more advanced. I attribute the latter to the fact that the instructor-to-student ratio is so much smaller at USC Sumter which allows for more quality time to be spent with individual students.

After graduation, McIntyre moved to Texas to be with his family.  He accepted a job at Texas Instruments in Abilene, Texas in 1985. He began his career as a Reliability Engineer where he used his computer skills to automate reporting and failure analysis for one of Texas Instruments manufacturing shops. About a year later, McIntyre moved to Plano, Texas which is just north of Dallas. He remained with Texas Instruments, but was now a Senior Software Developer in charge of developing software in support for various manufacturing operations throughout the company. After about 5 years there, McIntyre left Texas Instruments to work for a company called Vortech.

After 5 years of working at Vortech, McIntyre went back to work for Texas Instruments as a member of the Group Technical Staff. This staff was comprised of the top 1 percent of technical contributors in the entire company. From here, McIntyre transitioned to a position at Perot Systems, a division of Dell Computers. He was responsible for implementing an active directory solution for the company. He worked here for 5 years.

McIntyre was offered a position at Microsoft as an Application Development Consultant where he worked with large customer’s developers to help them understand Microsoft’s technology and how to adapt it into their own systems. Currently, McIntyre develops diagnostic tools to help engineers solve problems with the SharePoint software. He is in charge of all SharePoint diagnostic development worldwide and has worked with Microsoft for a total of 12 years.
McIntyre chose USC Sumter for several reasons, the main reasons being the cost and close proximity of the campus with his home. He also liked the size of the campus and the classes. 
 

“The smaller classes allowed me to form bonds with my professors, some of which persist to this day,” McIntyre said. “My advisor was Robert “Dr. Bob” Nerbun. Whenever I come back to Sumter to visit, I always make it point to catch up with him. Over the years, we have stayed in touch and I consider him a dear friend and mentor. He was instrumental in my educational development and a role model for the kind of person I wanted to be. For that, I will always be grateful and in his debt.”

McIntyre recommends USC Sumter to any incoming freshman student. He believes his success at the Columbia campus and in his professional life were largely because of USC Sumter. He insisted that his own children attend a two-year community college before transferring to a bigger university because of his positive experience at USC Sumter.

In his spare time, McIntyre chaperones the Allen High School marching band, which is the largest high school marching band in the world made up of more than 1,000 students.  He has two children, Katie and Cory. He also has a grandson, Hayden.