Meet LHP's 10th President
After an extensive national search, the Lake Highland Preparatory School Board of Trustees appointed Jim McIntyre as LHP’s 10th President, effective July 1, 2022.
For the past 17 years, Mr. McIntyre 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 led major initiatives in advancement, enrollment, curriculum, physical plant, and alumni relations that 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 resulted in $17 million of facility renovation and construction, including the school’s first on-campus stadium, academic buildings, and a new fitness center. Under Mr. McIntyre's leadership, Father Ryan raised more than $40 million through major gifts and Annual Fund since 2005.
Mr. McIntyre also led 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 successfully two strategic plans, with focuses on mission, diversity and inclusion, service to the community, student leadership development, philanthropy, and long-term campus facility planning. In 2019, Father Ryan was 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. In partnership 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 served as Past-President in the 2021-22 school year.
Mr. McIntyre and his wife of 30 years, Amy, have three adult children: Peter, a graduate of Arizona State University, who is living in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Emily and daughter Leila; Henry, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, living in Seattle, Washington; and Anna Grace, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida majoring in pre-nursing. Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre enjoy outdoor activities, salt-water fishing, family, traveling, and cooking, and are exploring The City Beautiful as new Orlando residents.