Special Announcement from Father Ryan High School

Father Ryan High School President Jim McIntyre announced today that he will step down at the end of this academic year to become the new President of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla. 

Bill Stejskal '79, Chairman of the Father Ryan Board of Trustees, said that Mr. McIntyre will continue to lead Father Ryan through the completion of this school year before taking his new position on July 1 at Lake Highland Prep, an independent private school serving 2,000 students from pre-K to 12th grade. 

He said a process is underway to identify Mr. McIntyre’s successor.

“Since coming to Father Ryan in 2005, Jim and his team have led the school in an outstanding manner,” Mr. Stejskal said. “They have advanced the mission of this school significantly in fundraising, enrollment, academics, alumni engagement, and physical plant expansion, all with the foundation of our Catholic identity and all with a focus on our students, our faculty and staff, and our unique Irish community. We are saddened that Jim will be leaving us, but we know that the school is in excellent shape and well-prepared to continue its work to form lives of excellence in the Catholic tradition.  We thank Jim for his leadership and his presence. We congratulate him on this outstanding opportunity, and we wish all the best to him, Amy, and the entire McIntyre family.”

“Jim has been a strong advocate for Catholic education and a steady hand at the wheel building Father Ryan High School into a premiere institution,” said Bishop J. Mark Spalding, head of the Diocese of Nashville. “I thank him for his dedication and faithful leadership, and I wish him well with this new opportunity.”

In June, Mr. McIntyre will complete 17 years as the head of school at Father Ryan, the longest serving head of school in its history. He thanked the community for its welcome and for its support since his arrival.

“When I was given the opportunity in 2005 to be head of this historic Catholic school, I was excited to bring my ideas and energy to this outstanding educational institution and the Irish community,” Mr. McIntyre said. “However, it was I who received the education. This community has taught me daily about leadership, faith, hope, and love. We are forever grateful to this community for placing their imprint upon our family and for knowing and loving us.”

He went on to say, “I have had the privilege of serving alongside outstanding educators and leaders who have made the success of the past 17 years a reality.  Working with Principal Paul Davis ‘81, Academic Deans Sara Hayes and Jennifer Anton, CFO Connie Steinmetz, Director of Advancement Brooke Reusch, and a caring and talented faculty and staff, we have remained true to our mission to be an experience of the living Gospel, and in the process helped make Father Ryan High School the national standard in Catholic education. I will miss this community greatly, and I will always be thankful to everyone for making me Irish for life.”

Click here to read Mr. McIntyre's message to the community.