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Dr. Jim McIntyre is the superintendent of Knox County Schools in Tennessee. He began his tenure as superintendent in July, 2008. 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 two states selected in the first round of this national competition, and was awarded $501 million for school reform and improvement. Prior to his appointment in Knoxville, Dr. McIntyre served as the chief operating officer and the budget director for the Boston Public Schools. During Dr. McIntyre's tenure, the Boston Public Schools was named one of the top performing urban school systems in the nation. Early in his career, McIntyre taught English, anatomy, and physical education at Vincent Grey Alternative High School in East St. Louis, Illinois. Dr. McIntyre served on numerous state-level working groups aimed at enhancing public education and was selected as a fellow in the Broad Foundation Superintendent's Academy. The state-wide Parent Teacher Association (PTA) named him the Tennessee Outstanding Superintendent of the Year for three consecutive years (2009, 2010, and 2011). Dr. McIntyre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College, a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Canisius College, a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Ph. D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.