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James P. McIntyre, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Director - Center for Educational Leadership


Jim McIntyre serves as the Director of the Center for Educational Leadership and Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Tennessee. 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% for the class of 2015, and the Knox County Schools was named by the Tennessee Department of Education as one of only twelve "Exemplary” School Districts in the state, and the only large metropolitan school system to ever earn this distinction in the Volunteer State.

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Prior to his appointment as Superintendent in Knoxville, McIntyre 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 previously 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, McIntyre taught English, anatomy, and physical education to a diverse group of at-risk students between the ages of 16-21. He began his career in higher education, serving in various administrative roles at Boston University and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

McIntyre has served on numerous state-level working groups aimed at enhancing public education, and participated as a fellow in the prestigious Broad Foundation Superintendent’s Academy, an intensive ten-month fellowship in the urban public school superintendency. He is also a proud graduate of the Aspen Institute’s Pahara Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Education. In 2010, Governor Phil Bredesen invited Dr. McIntyre 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 Knox County Schools students, Jim is incredibly honored that the state-wide Parent Teacher Association (PTA) named him the Tennessee Outstanding Superintendent of the Year in four of his eight years (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014) at the helm of the Knox County Schools. He has also been honored with the Life Achievement Award from the National PTA, and the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. 


  • PhD, Public Policy, University of Massachusetts
  • Master of Urban Affairs, Boston University
  • Master of Science, Education Administration, Canisius College
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Boston College

Contact Information

  • 1126 Volunteer Boulevard 302 Bailey Education Complex Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865.974.4559
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