This afternoon, the Board of Trustees selected Randy Boyd to be interim president of the University of Tennessee System. He will officially begin his duties on November 22.
Incoming Interim President Boyd has been instrumental in positioning Tennessee as a pioneer in higher education, helping launch both tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise. He has advised Governor Bill Haslam on education and economic development and has been a leader in the state’s ambitions to provide opportunities for all Tennesseans and to create an educated workforce—goals that dovetail with our own.
As alumni and prominent leaders in our community, both he and his wife, Jenny, have a long history of engaging with and investing in our campus. They have endowed professorships, supported student scholarships, and served on college advisory boards.
I have no doubt that Randy Boyd loves this university and will work tirelessly to help us succeed.
One of my priorities as interim chancellor is to prepare this campus for the years ahead. President Joe DiPietro and incoming Interim President Boyd are committed to discussing the status and timing of the chancellor search with the Board of Trustees at their November meeting. In the meantime, our goals remain unchanged. We will continue to grow our enrollment, hire new faculty, provide opportunities and resources for our students to succeed, conduct world-class research, and create a welcoming campus for all.
We have tremendous momentum, and I am certain the best is yet to come for our campus and the University of Tennessee System.
Please join me in welcoming Randy Boyd back to Rocky Top.