Audience in Lecture






Director of the Center for Educational Leadership


University of Tennessee


Dr. Jim McIntyre serves as an assistant professor of Practice and Director of the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Tennessee. The Center prepares aspiring public school principals, offers professional learning for current school leaders, and provides leadership coaching to school district executives and superintendents across Tennessee and around the country.

Prior to his appointment, Jim served for eight years as superintendent of the Knox County Schools, the 58,000 student public school district of Knoxville, Tennessee. Under his leadership, the four year high school graduation rate increased from 79.3% in 2008 to 90.0% for the class of 2015, and the Knox County Schools was designated by the Governor as an "Exemplary" school district, one of only twelve in the state, and the only large metropolitan school system to ever earn this distinction in Tennessee. Prior to his appointment in Knoxville, he served as the chief operating officer for the Boston Public Schools, where he was responsible for the day to day operations of the school district. Jim had also served as the Budget Director for the Boston Public Schools for seven years. During his tenure, the Boston Public Schools was named one of the top performing urban school systems in the nation.

As a teacher at Vincent Grey Alternative High School in East St. Louis, Illinois early in his career, Jim taught English, anatomy, and physical education to a diverse group of at-risk students between the ages of 16-21. He has served on numerous state-level working groups aimed at enhancing public education, and was also selected as a fellow in the prestigious Broad Foundation Superintendent’s Academy, an intensive ten month fellowship in the urban public school superintendency. In 2010, Governor Phil Bredesen invited him and three others to join him in presenting Tennessee’s Race to the Top proposal to the United States Department of Education. Tennessee was one of only two states in the country to be selected in the first round of this national competition, and was awarded $501 million for school reform and improvement.

As a parent of two recent Knox County Schools graduates, Jim is incredibly honored that the state-wide Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has named him the Tennessee Outstanding Superintendent of the Year in four of his eight years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014). He holds a BA in english from Boston College, a MS in education administration from Canisius College, a MA of urban affairs from Boston University, and a Ph. D. in public policy from the University of Massachusetts.