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February 08, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Randy Boyd says UT System is the state’s “talent engine”

His comments come during Thursday's "State of the University" address.

The annual “State of the University” address, hosted on Thursday by University of Tennessee (UT) System President Randy Boyd, highlighted the substantial value of higher education, the University’s statewide influence on workforce development, and how those elements interconnect to foster a thriving economic future.

Held in the historic Woolworth Theatre in Nashville, the event was streamed live on the internet. The event featured a panel discussion between the leaders of all five UT campuses located in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis, and Pulaski. The discussion was moderated by Boyd and David Plazas, Director of Opinion and Engagement for the USA Today Network-Tennessee/The Tennessean.

Now at year five of his presidency, Boyd lauded the statewide impact that the UT System has had as it reaches the halfway point in what he declares will be the greatest decade in UT history. He also explained the University’s influence on workforce development across the state.

“The University of Tennessee is the talent engine for the state of Tennessee when it comes to workforce,” Boyd said. “As more people and more businesses are moving into Tennessee, we need to keep pace with the new demands of the workforce. More than 70 percent of Tennessee business leaders agree there is an insufficient supply of appropriately trained workers.”

The roughly 32-minute event can be viewed at this link.


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