Randy Boyd, who was among the Republican finalists for the governor nomination, is being considered as interim president at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Joe DiPietro this week announced that Nov. 21 will be his last day on the job.
The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees are to meet next week and consider the Boyd appointment.
Boyd, a UT alumnus, would serve up to 24 months or until a permanent president is named.
He said he would decline a salary if appointed.
The Board of Trustees will meet on Sept. 25 at 10:45 a.m. CDT
UT Board Chairman John Compton said trustees have been discussing several possible future UT leaders.
He said, “These conversations revealed that it is necessary to take a step back and evaluate the strategic needs of each campus and institute and support required from the UT System Administration in order to raise the bar on our overall success.
“Our students, faculty, research partners and citizens all expect us to continually improve. Our campuses and institutes individually and the UT System collectively have many areas of pride. Yet, with any success, one always needs to raise the bar for achievement.”
Randy Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation.