Former GOP Candidate for Governor Tapped as Interim University of Tennessee President

September 20, 2018 AT 9:15 AM

By Adam Tamburin

Randy Boyd, a Knoxville businessman, philanthropist and former Republican candidate for governor, has been tapped to lead the University of Tennessee following the retirement of the college system’s outgoing president.

The UT Board of Trustees will meet next week to consider hiring Boyd as interim president. The plan, proposed Wednesday morning by the board chair and touted as a "win" by the governor, calls for Boyd to serve for one or two years.

Boyd's work could pave the way for major changes to the college system that includes the state’s flagship campus in Knoxville as well as institutions in Memphis, Chattanooga and Martin.

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