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Randy Boyd appointed as new TN economic commissioner

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Randy Boyd. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Randy Boyd. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel
NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Randy Boyd as the new commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

Boyd, who is 55, served as a full-time, unpaid special advisor to the governor for higher education in 2013, and focused on the “Drive to 55” initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates from 32 percent up to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Boyd's work resulted in the Tennessee Promise, the program to provide two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) free of tuition costs and fees to graduating Tennessee high school seniors.

“Randy understands the importance of making sure that the business community and educators are working hand in hand to meet our workforce needs,” Haslam said. “Randy's experience and success in the private sector as well as his engagement in the education community make him a perfect fit to continue our focus on being the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Boyd is chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which he started in 1991.  Radio Systems is headquartered in Knoxville and has more than 650 associates worldwide with offices in seven countries. He is also the new owner of the Smokies, the minor league Class AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs he pruchased last June.

Boyd also currently serves on the board of a number of organizations including the University of Tennessee College of Business Dean's Advisory Council and Knox County's Great Schools Partnership. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in industrial management in 1979 and a master's in liberal studies from Oklahoma University in 1988.

He is replacing Bill Hagerty, who announced his departure last month.
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