Boyd Sports, LLC, owned by Randy and Jenny Boyd, owns the Elizabethton River Riders and plays at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark. Lifelong sports fans, the couple is committed to creating a fun, family-friendly experience at the ballpark for generations to come in Elizabethton.
Randy Boyd has served as UT’s 26th president since November of 2018. Boyd serves as the chief executive officer of a statewide university system. The flagship campus in Knoxville includes the Space Institute in Tullahoma and the statewide Institute of Agriculture. The UT System also includes campuses in Chattanooga, Pulaski and Martin; the Health Science Center in Memphis; and the Institute of Public Service. The UT System also manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership, where Boyd serves as co-Chairman.
In 1991, Boyd founded Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation, a company that produces more than 4,000 pet related products under the brand names PetSafe, Invisible Fence, ScoopFree and SportDOG. The company employs more than 1,400 people with offices in six countries around the world.
In 2007, Boyd began a journey transitioning from entrepreneur and businessman to full-time public servant. Boyd is a founder and Chairman of tnAchieves, a non-profit which has helped send more than 133,000 students to community college free of tuition and fees. This success led Governor Haslam to invite him to serve as Special Advisor on Higher Education in 2013. During his tenure, he is credited with being the architect of the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise. In 2015, Governor Haslam recruited him back to serve as Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. During his tenure, his team recruited 52,000 new jobs and $9 billion in new investment in the State. He also founded and co-Chaired the Governor’s Rural Task Force and Chaired the Governor’s Workforce Sub-Cabinet.
Randy and Jenny Boyd have dedicated their lives to giving back. In 2018, the couple formed the Boyd Foundation to further promote youth education, mental health, the arts and animal welfare. Among the Foundation’s many philanthropic commitments is the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research and Boyd Venture Challenge seed grant program for student entrepreneurs, both through the Haslam College of Business at UT Knoxville.
Randy is the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on industrial management from UT Knoxville. He also earned a master’s degree in liberal studies with a focus on foreign policy from the University of Oklahoma.
When not working for UT, Boyd enjoys running and has run more than 85 half marathons and 47 full marathons, including one in Antarctica. But his favorite time is spent as Jenny’s husband of 37 years, father to his two sons, and being Poppi to his two granddaughters.
Jenny Boyd is the owner and operator of Boyd's Jig and Reel in the Old City of downtown Knoxville - a musical Scottish pub dedicated to preserving and promoting our musical heritage. Jenny plays the fiddle and mandolin in the Celtic band "The Good Thymes Ceilidh Band." She is a member of the Old City Association and serves on the boards of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Appalachia and the East Tennessee Historical Society. She was formerly a member of the boards of Young-Williams Animal Center and the Tennessee Theatre.