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Dr. T B Boyd, III

Trumpet Award - Business



T.B. Boyd III is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He is the recipient of the B.S. degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University (1969). Upon his graduation he became a full time employee at the National Baptist Publishing Board in the position of Personnel Director. He began his career through the family business working in the bindery and mailing rooms in high school in the early 1960’s.  In 1972, Dr. Boyd was assigned to design and oversee the building of the new corporate headquarters that would house both the publishing and printing aspect of the company.  This structure was completed in December 1974.


On December 3, 1976 the Board of Directors appointed him as a member, making him the youngest such executive to ever hold that position in the then 80 year history of the company.


In 1977, after more than two years of research and marketing, T.B. Boyd III introduced a new publication named the new National Baptist Hymnal which was destined to become one of the best selling hymn books in America, with six million copies sold to date.


In April 1979, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer.


Dr. Boyd is a 1980 recipient of the D.D. degree from Shreveport Bible College and a 1983 recipient of the Doctor of Letters.


In 1978 Dr. Boyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank and Trust Company and elected Chairman of the Board in 1982. In 1992 Dr. Boyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of First Union Bank. In order to serve on two bank boards he was given special permission by the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States.


Dr. Boyd is a recognized leader in the religious publishing industry and has continued to play a pivotal role in the development of Christian materials for African American churches throughout the country.


Dr. Boyd is a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and president of Chi Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.  He is also a past member of the Nashville Symphony Association.


Dr. Boyd has been listed in Who’s Who of America, Who’s Who of Finances in America, Who’s Who of Black America, Personalities of the South, Community Leaders of America, Personalities of America, Outstanding among Blacks and Men of Achievement.


He is the recipient of many civic and governmental awards, including the Great Seal of the United States Award (1986) and the 1990 March of Dimes Man of the Year Award, and holds keys to a number of cities around the country. He has been named The #1 Most Influential African American by Post Magazine and  one of Nashville’s 100 Most Influential by the Nashville Business Journal and Business Nashville’s “Power One Hundred.”


He is a member of the Nashville City Club, 100 Club of Nashville, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee State Museum Foundation Board of Directors, Tennessee Historical Society, Music City Coalition and a former Commissioner for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.


Dr. Boyd served as the 1989 and 1990 Middle Tennessee Chairman for the United Negro College Fund Telethon.


Dr. Boyd is leading an effort to establish a 55,000 square foot Museum of African American Music Art & Culture for Middle Tennessee. Additionally Dr. Boyd also serves as a board member of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Dr. Boyd is also the Vice Chairman of Meharry Medical College Board of Trustees. Dr. Boyd is a Board member of Historic Maryville College, as well as a Board member of Belmont University, and past board member of Florida Memorial College. Dr. Boyd is a former Board member of the Tennessee State University Foundation. He is a member of the Richland Country Club and served for four years as the Inaugural President of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee and also served on the National Board as Vice President of Finance.


Dr. Boyd competes nationally in 26.2-mile marathons and is an avid boater.


In 1987 he was named Nashville’s “Best Dressed Man.


Dr. Boyd is married to the former Yvette Jean Duke and they are the proud parents of four children, T.B. IV, LaDonna Yvette, Shalae’ Shantel, and Justin Marriel.









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