Higher Education

Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Money & Mentors For Teenagers Who Want To Attend Community College

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Astawusegne Desalegne is a senior at Kingsbury High School with big dreams, “I would like to be the first generation in my family to go to college,” he said. “Make my dad proud.”

He already has a four-year college picked out—Middle Tennessee State University, or MTSU. Desalegne feels MTSU is more cloistered than other schools he has considered. “I like this picture of a circle and the buildings inside of it. There is nothing but the university. I feel like UT Knoxville is too spread out,” Desalegne said. “MTSU is one place only for MTSU.”

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pet Company CEO To Help More Tennesseans Fetch A College Degree

Randy Boyd is the CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, a pet company. He's also a special adviser to Governor Bill Haslam on issues of higher education.

Randy Boyd is a somewhat unlikely pick as a special advisor to Governor Bill Haslam on issues of higher education. Boyd is the CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, a pet company best known for their brand names Invisible Fence, Pet Safe, and Sport Dog.

“It seemed it was natural to go from animal welfare to higher education,” Boyd joked, “[but] there is one segue between animal welfare and dog products and this current educational initiative.”

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