HARROGATE, Tenn. — Tennessee Commissioner for Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd will deliver the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) winter commencement address at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10 in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate.
A total of 44 associate, 107 baccalaureate, 169 masters and 13 doctoral degrees will be conferred. Additional, roughly 150 master of education and educational specialist degree recipients who earned their credentials in July will also participate in the ceremony.
Boyd has served in Governor Bill Haslam’s Cabinet since 2015, leading the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). TNECD’s mission is to develop strategies to help make Tennessee the number one location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in the state and works with companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine.
In addition to serving as commissioner, Boyd is also chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Sub-Cabinet; co-chairman of the Rural Taskforce; chairman of Launch Tennessee, which supports entrepreneurship across the state; and chairman of the Aviation Task Force, which is responsible for maintaining Tennessee’s nation-leading airport infrastructure.
Prior to his public service, Boyd founded Radio Systems Corporation. Radio Systems is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and has over 700 associates worldwide with offices in seven countries. The company produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names, including Invisible Fence, PetSafe and SportDOG. He is also the owner of Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team (the double-a affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) and the Johnson City Cardinals (a rookie affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals).
Boyd serves on the boards of many non-profit organizations. He is chairman of tnAchieves, a mentor-assisted scholarship program that is funded through private donations. The program has sent more than 10,000 first-generation college students across the state to community colleges since its inception.
Boyd took a leave of absence from his company in 2013 to serve Governor Haslam in a volunteer role as a special advisor on higher education, assisting in the development of the Drive to 55 initiatives and the Tennessee Promise. Drive to 55 initiatives are aimed at achieving the goal of 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. The Tennessee Promise provides free tuition and fees to community college to approximately 15,000 Tennesseans per year, all matched with a trained, volunteer mentor.
Boyd received a degree in industrial management from the University of Tennessee in 1979 and a masters in liberal studies with a concentration in foreign policy from Oklahoma University in 1988. He and his wife, Jenny, are parents to sons Harrison and Thomas.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected]