A successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Randy Boyd is the interim president of The University of Tennessee and the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation in Knoxville, Boyd Sports, TnAchieves, and Complete Tennessee.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Randy was appointed interim president of The University of Tennessee by the UT Board of Trustees in September 2018.
He will take office November 22, following the retirement of UT President Joe DiPietro.
As interim president, Randy will serve as the chief executive officer of a statewide university system that includes the flagship campus in Knoxville, campuses in Chattanooga and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, the Space Institute in Tullahoma, and the statewide institutes of agriculture and public service.
Born and raised in South Knoxville,
Randy graduated from Doyle High School at the age of 16 before enrolling in the University of Tennessee. By age 19, Randy had graduated with honors, earning a degree in industrial management and becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. While attending UT, Randy worked nights in his father’s factory running injection molding machines to pay for tuition and to help him graduate, debt-free.
Randy married Jenny Houbler in March of 1985 at Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, where they still worship today.
At 23, Randy started his first business,
and at 31 — with his wife Jenny working as a court reporter and a 2-year-old at home — he sunk their entire life savings into designing a new product: an underground pet fence. Today, Randy’s company, Radio Systems Corporation, sells more than 4,000 pet-related products — including the Invisible Fence — and employs more than 700 people with nearly $500 million in annual sales in over 60 countries around the world.
In 2013, Randy took a year-long leave of absence from Radio Systems Corporation to serve as the unpaid advisor on education for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam,
where he became the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 initiative, and Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarship programs.
Those programs, combined with Randy’s earlier work with knoxAchieves and tnAchieves, have already helped nearly 300,000 Tennesseans attend community or technical college, tuition-free.
In 2015, Governor Haslam appointed Randy as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Volunteering his time as ECD Commissioner, Randy worked to grow and attract business to Tennessee and to create better alignment between education, workforce development, and business. As a result of Randy’s hard work as ECD Commissioner, Tennessee secured a record-breaking 50,000 new job commitments and $11 billion in capital investment in just two years.
CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR
In 2017, Randy stepped down from his role as Commissioner of Economic Development to run for Governor of Tennessee.
His campaign goal then, and now, is to make Tennessee THE State of Opportunity – Opportunity for a Better Education, Opportunity for a Better Job, and Opportunity for Everyone.
A dedicated long distance runner – Randy has completed 36 marathons, including the New York City Marathon and Boston Marathons annually – and 53 half marathons. He became the first candidate in Tennessee history to run 537.3 miles across the state from Bristol to Memphis, as part of his gubernatorial campaign.
AWARDS & HONORS
Throughout Randy’s career, he has been recognized by a number of government, nonprofit, and business organizations for his professional and philanthropic work. HERE are some of the awards and recognitions Randy has received.