ROGERSVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s point man in the “Tennessee Promise,” the governor’s proposal to provide two tuition-free years of community college or college of applied technology (TCAT) to graduating high school seniors, pitched the idea to a Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast Saturday.
“We’ve got to get this (Tennessee Promise proposal) approved (by lawmakers),” Randy Boyd told about 140 business and government leaders at the Hawkins County Education Training Center.
Boyd has served as a full-time, unpaid special adviser to the governor for higher education in focusing on Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative to raise the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates to 55 percent by the year 2025.
In order to reach 55 percent by 2025, Tennessee needs an additional 494,000 degrees, particularly in programs provided at TCATs and two-year schools, according to the Haslam administration.
Boyd, the 54-year-old chairman of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corp., helped start tnAchieves, a nonprofit organization that has sent more than 3,200 high school graduates to community college free of charge with mentors.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.