Boyds donate $1M for new Pellissippi State campus

Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd and his wife, Jenny, have given $1 million to the Foundation of Pellissippi State Community College to help fund the purchase of the new Strawberry Plains Campus, the college announced today.

Boyd, is president and CEO of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corp. and PetSafe, a developer of pet behavior, containment, lifestyle product solutions and services.

The Boyds made the donation ” to re-purpose a long-unused facility and to improve access to educational opportunities for thousands of students,” the news release says.

“Through my involvement with tnAchieves (a college-access scholarship program), we learned what an incredible asset Pellissippi State is to our community,” Boyd said in a statement. “By expanding the college’s facilities and making access to higher education more convenient to those in East Knoxville, we should be able to make college more likely for tnAchieves students, and for people of all ages, in that area.”

The Strawberry Plans campus, located on the site of the former Philips Consumer Electronics’ East Tennessee headquarters, will offer its first classes this fall. Pellissippi State purchased 223,000-square foot the Philips building earlier this year.

The school announced the $10 million deal last spring, with $8.5 million of funding coming through a one-time state capital program for community colleges.