HELPING MAKE TENNESSEE THE STATE OF OPPORTUNITY
A PASSION FOR PEOPLE & PETS
Randy & Jenny’s Work
As President of The University of Tennessee System, Randy is committed to making this the greatest decade in the history of the university. His passion for improving the lives of others through education began with helping low-income, first-generation college students go to college in his hometown of Knoxville, TN and became his life’s work.
Randy and Jenny’s Boyd Foundation is working to make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the nation by giving away grants for local communities to build more dog parks across the state.
An avid baseball fan, Randy’s Boyd Sports, LLC, owns or operates minor league teams the Tennessee Smokies, Johnson City Doughboys, Elizabethton River Riders, Kingsport Axmen and Greeneville Flyboys. A Tennessee Vol for Life, Randy and Jenny have also made significant contributions to support the UT Athletic Department and aspiring Tennessee athletes.
Randy and Jenny are committed to making Tennessee THE State of Opportunity – for better education – for better jobs – for everyone. They are devoting the rest of their lives to giving back to the state that has given them so much.
More than 25 years ago, Randy risked everything he owned to create Radio Systems Corporation. Today, the company sells more than 4,600 pet products in over 60 countries, with annual revenues of nearly $500 million. Randy continues to encourage and support other entrepreneurs through the Boyd Venture Fund, Junior Achievement, and other initiatives.
In just the last few years, Randy and Jenny have given more than $10 million to more than 100 charitable causes, from entrepreneurship and education, to child and animal welfare, to mental health and the arts. In 2018, their Boyd Foundation launched the Tennessee Dog Park Dash to better support community dog parks and to help make Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in the nation.
As Tennessee’s former Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Randy helped secure over 50,000 new job commitments and a record-breaking $11 billion in new capital investment in just two years. Today, Randy and his family are dedicated to revitalizing the “Old City” in Knoxville by renovating historic buildings and returning the area to its former glory.
Learn More About RANDY
Randy Boyd is the President of The University of Tennessee where he serves as chief executive officer of the statewide university system that includes five campuses. A successful entrepreneur, business, and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville.
Randy and his wife Jenny have been married for 36 years and have two sons, Harrison and Thomas, with daughter-in-law Lindsey and two granddaughters Wiley Mae and Penelope, and their two family dogs, Oskar and Jolene.