tnAchieves Board of Directors

Randy Boyd

The Chairman, president of the University of Tennessee System and founder of Radio Systems Corporation. He received a degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979 and a Masters Degree from Oklahoma University in 1988. Randy was a first-generation college student.

Bill Haslam

49th Governor of Tennessee. Before being elected Governor, he served as the President of Pilot Corporation and the Mayor of Knoxville. He also served on the tnAchieves board of directors when the program launched in 2008. Governor Haslam holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University.


Linda Martin

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success for the University of Tennessee System. Before joining the University, Linda served as the director of the second-year transformational experience program at The Ohio State University. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a doctorate from Colorado State University—all in animal science.


Mike Ragsdale

Elected to serve as Knox County Mayor in 2002 and again in 2006. The first in his family to attend college, he completed a doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee where he also received the Torchbearer award as an undergraduate student.

Tim Williams

Co-founder and CEO of 21st Mortgage Corporation. 21st Mortgage is the highest volume lender in the manufactured home industry. In 2003, 21st Mortgage was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Company. Tim holds a BS and MBA from the University of Tennessee.