Meet the Incoming LHP President

Welcome Jim McIntyre beginning July 1, 2022. LHP logo.

After an extensive national search, the Lake Highland Preparatory School Board of Trustees is excited to announce the appointment of Jim McIntyre as Lake Highland Preparatory School’s 10th President.

For the past 17 years, Mr. McIntyre has served as the President and CEO of Father Ryan High School, the largest private high school in the state of Tennessee. In this role, Mr. McIntyre has led major initiatives in advancement, enrollment, curriculum, physical plant, and alumni relations that have had a significant impact on the school. He worked with members of the community, architectural firms, and the school’s Board of Trustees to develop and implement a campus master plan that has resulted in $17 million of facility renovation and construction, including the school’s first on-campus stadium, academic buildings, and a new fitness center. Overall, Mr. McIntyre and his team have raised more than $40 million through major gifts and Annual Fund since 2005.

Mr. McIntyre has led his leadership team at Father Ryan through significant curricular and student life initiatives that include the implementation of block scheduling, a House System, a 2:1 technology program, student service learning, and a new STEAM lab. In addition, Mr. McIntyre has navigated his community in Nashville successfully through two strategic plans, with focuses on mission, diversity and inclusion, service to the community, student leadership development, philanthropy, and long-term campus facility planning. Mr. McIntyre’s faculty and students have been recognized nationally by the American Cancer Society for hosting the largest student-led “Relay For Life” in the United States, raising over $1.5 million for cancer research in 11 years. Along with a former student, Mr. McIntyre established the “Hero Project,” which confers diplomas on former students who left school to defend the United States during World War II but never returned to school to graduate. The program has honored more than 15 recipients to date.

Mr. McIntyre’s career as an educator began at his alma mater, Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas, where he distinguished himself as a classroom teacher, coach, and administrator. In his eight years at Bishop Lynch, Mr. McIntyre held a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, varsity head men’s and women’s swimming coach, varsity assistant football coach, academic advisor, and assistant academic dean. In 1994, he was a member of the Super 3A Football State Championship staff, and in 1995, he was named the Texas Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. In 2000, Mr. McIntyre was appointed the Principal at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, South Carolina. Under his leadership, the school saw a 25% increase in enrollment over a five-year period. He was also responsible for creating and implementing partnerships with the United States Army, Fort Jackson, to annually honor veterans.

A 1991 graduate of the University of North Texas, Mr. McIntyre received his B. A. in History, focusing on United States diplomacy since 1945. He earned a Meadows Foundation Fellowship in 1995 to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he earned a master’s in Educational Administration. In 2007, Mr. McIntyre participated as a Summer Fellow at the Institute for Independent School Leadership, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. In addition to being a member of the Leadership Nashville class of 2015, Mr. McIntyre was elected President of the Board by his fellow independent school colleagues to lead the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, where he is in his final year as Past-President.

Mr. McIntyre and his wife of 29 years, Amy, have three adult children: Peter (27) a graduate of Arizona State University, who is living in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Emily and daughter Leila; Henry (24) a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, living in Seattle, Washington; and Anna Grace (18) a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte majoring in pre-nursing. Mr. & Mrs. McIntyre enjoy outdoor activities, salt-water fishing, family, traveling, and cooking, and look forward to becoming Orlando residents soon!

McIntyre family

Presidential Search Process

Identifying, recruiting, hiring, and supporting a mission-aligned School President are vital components of Lake Highland Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees’ work. During the 2021-22 academic year, the Board led a nationwide search for the next President of LHP. This leadership transition is an important milestone and a collaborative process between the Board, the Search Committee, the LHP community, and our expert consultants.

LHP retained Carney Sandoe & Associates (CSA), a leading national search firm to guide us through the process. A special thank you to CSA consultants Ben BoltéMike Mersky, and Marsha Little for their expertise and guidance.

Thank you to the Search Committee and Advisory Search Committee members who also dedicated their time and expertise during this important process.