Friday, April 22, 2016

McIntyre gets sweet university gig

After eight years as Knox County Schools Superintendent, Jim McIntyre will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as director of the Center for Educational Leadership effective Aug. 1.

McIntyre announced in January that he will step down from his current position in July.

Housed within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, the center provides leadership development for the next generation of school leaders.

The position was formerly held by Autumn Tooms-Cypres, who left in 2013 for a position at Virginia Commonwealth University. The center has been directed since then by Betty Sue Sparks, associate professor of practice, and interim director Mary Lynne Derrington, assistant professor of educational administration.

"I am delighted to become part of the UT team," said McIntyre in a released statement. "Our nationally recognized flagship University is doing remarkable work in the field of education, and I look forward to joining the outstanding faculty in contributing to that effort. I can now wear my Volunteer orange with even more pride."

Established in June 2010, the Center for Educational Leadership provides rigorous training for aspiring school leaders in a way that bridges the gap between theory and practice.

The center's components include the Leadership Academy, which provides an intensive 15-month postgraduate degree program in educational administration for a select group of fellows, a professional development task force that works with aspiring and new school administrators around the state of Tennessee, and a repository that houses current research on the best practices in the field of educational leadership.

A collaboration between UT and Knox County Schools, the Leadership Academy combines graduate-level coursework with a full-time four-day-a-week leadership residency in a public school to work with a licensed principal. Graduates receive a master's or education specialist degree and a beginning instructional leader license from the state of Tennessee.

As director, McIntyre will make $180,000 annually and his contract runs through July 31, 2019.

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