Susanne M. Glasscock
Having taken classes at Continuing Studies since the 1970s and recognizing the unique value of their experiences, Susie and Mel Glasscock decided in 2005 to endow the school to help ensure its future within the community. In 2006, the school officially changed its name to the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
“I am very proud to have my name associated with a school of this caliber,” Mrs. Glasscock said. “Its mission is to offer the community educational opportunities that reflect the excellence of Rice University, and I have first-hand knowledge that it does so in a way that is very relevant to our world today.”
She graduated from Rice in 1962 with a BA in economics. Mr. Glasscock, a 1959 graduate of Texas A&M, earned his master’s degree from Rice in mechanical engineering in 1961. In 1980, they founded Texas Aromatics, a Houston-based petrochemical marketing company in which they remain active.
Mrs. Glasscock has a long history of service and philanthropy at Rice. She served eight years on the Rice Board of Trustees, more than six years as co-chair of the successful $1 billion Centennial Capital Campaign, and more than nine years on Rice’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Rice Alumni in 2005. In 2014, the Glasscocks will be honored at the Friends of Fondren Library Gala.
At the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Mrs. Glasscock served as a docent for more than 20 years, an officer for five years and committee member for 22 years. She also served on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council for four years.
In 2007, the Glasscocks were awarded the prestigious Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter.
Given her experience in many aspects of the Rice community, Mrs. Glasscock said she understands very well the effects of a vibrant Continuing Studies program.
“Mel and I have supported Continuing Studies because it’s something we truly believe in not only for Rice, but for Houston – in fact, probably more for Houston in general,” Mrs. Glasscock said. “A community is a vital being when people are interested and they’re doing things and they’re participating – and certainly Continuing Studies provides this. When those classrooms are full, we are reaching people in Houston in a way that Rice can’t do any other way.”