Dr. James (Jim) P. McIntyre Jr., director of the Center for Educational Leadership and assistant professor of practice at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, was announced as the new dean of Belmont University’s College of Education on Tuesday.

McIntyre brings more than 20 years of educational leadership to the position, including eight years serving as superintendent of Knox County Schools, which earned an Exemplary School District status from the state during his tenure. He will begin his new role at Belmont on Jan. 10, 2022.

“Jim McIntyre has demonstrated excellence and achieved successful outcomes in every role he’s tackled, setting himself apart as a leader among educators,” Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said in a news release. “His expertise, collaborative approach, teaching philosophy and desire to put students first make him an excellent fit for Belmont University and for the future students he will attract to our programs.”

As assistant professor of practice at the University of Tennessee, McIntyre manages the Center for Educational Leadership, a hub for school and district leadership development and support. In this role, he has forged relationships with school district leaders across the state; maintained critical partnerships with state policy, legislative and advocacy leaders; raised millions of dollars; and provided high-quality professional learning opportunities to hundreds of aspiring and current school and district leaders. He also brings extensive experience in K-12 public education leadership. From 2008 until 2016, he served as the superintendent of Knox County Schools. Before coming to Tennessee, McIntyre served for more than a decade in Boston Public Schools, ultimately rising to chief operating officer in that system.

McIntyre said, “I am deeply honored to be named the dean of the College of Education, and delighted to be joining the extraordinary Belmont University community. I have been inspired by the University’s mission to empower young people to engage and transform the world, and look forward to embracing that compelling ambition in the important work being done within the College of Education.”

In his new position as dean, McIntyre will be responsible for developing and delivering world-class programs designed to educate teachers who will serve as the next generation of compassionate, confident and committed leaders in the classroom and beyond. Duties will include overseeing the undergraduate and graduate admissions process; developing, implementing and assessing academic programs; recruiting faculty; and maintaining accreditation.

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