UT names business center for ECD commissioner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is naming its Center for Business and Economic Research after businessman and state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny.

The center is housed at the school’s College of Business, which is named after Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam, the father of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

The newly-named Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research provides studies and projections for governments and private companies.

Boyd is the founder of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corp., a privately owned maker of technology-based pet products like PetSafe and Invisible Fence. He became an unpaid adviser to Gov. Haslam on higher education initiatives in 2013 before being named head of the development department in 2014.

Boyd is among the potential candidates for governor in 2018.