Dale Lynch, the Hamblen County superintendent who was a finalist this spring to lead Knox County Schools, is retiring to take a job leading his profession in the state.
Lynch, 52, told the Hamblen County school board on Tuesday. His last day will be June 30, and on July 1 he'll become executive director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.
He told 10News he's enjoyed his 16 years as superintendent in Hamblen County.
"A lot of tears were shed tonight, mostly by me," Lynch said.
The organization consists of the leaders of about 140 school systems in the state.
Lynch said he looks forward to working with Thomas along with the other superintendents in Tennessee.