Dr. T.B. Boyd, III
Legacy Trustee Member
Dr. T. B. Boyd III is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. As a1965 graduate of Pearl High School, he began hismatriculation through Tennessee State University, graduating in 1969 with a B.S. degree in Business. Dr. Boyd is a 1980 recipient of the D.D. degree and a 1983 recipient of the Doctor of Letters.
Upon his graduation from Tennessee State University, he became a full-time employee at the R. H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, (formerly known as The National Baptist Publishing Board) in the position of Personnel Director. He began his career in the family business working in the bindery and mailing rooms in high school in the early 60’s. In 1972, Boyd was assigned to design and oversee thebuilding of a new corporate headquarters where it would house all aspects of the corporation including the Publications Division, Marketing Division, Operations, and Distribution Division. This 65,000 square foot facility was completed in December of 1974.
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.
In 1975, Boyd put together a team of top national music directors, songwriters, publishers, and performers to develop one of the finest church hymnals that has ever been produced, the New National Baptist Hymnal, which includes compositions of some of the most noted African-American Christian songwriters. After more than two years of research and marketing, this hymnal quickly became one of the best-selling hymnals in America, with millions of copies sold throughout the world.
On December 3, 1976 the Board of Directors appointed him as a member of the Board of Directors, making him the youngest executive to ever hold a membership on the Board. In April 1979, he was elected as the fourth-generation President and Chief Executive Officer.
In 1978, Dr. Boyd was appointed to the Board of Directors of Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, the nation’s oldest African-American full-service bank, founded in 1904, 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 also a member of the National Bankers Association.
Boyd is a member of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and past president of Chi Boulé 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); named Nashville’s Best Dressed Man in 1987, and he was named A the March of Dimes Man of the Year in 1990.
In 2002, Dr. and Mrs. Boyd were named by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine as one of Nashville’s Most Beautiful couples. Boyd holds keys to a number of cities around the country. He has been named the #1 Most Influential African American in Tennessee 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 100 Club of Nashville, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, former member of the Tennessee State Museum Foundation Board of Directors, Tennessee Historical Society, Music City Coalition, and a former commissioner of the State Human Rights Commission, and chairman of the African American History Foundation of Nashville, Incorporated.
Dr. Boyd served as the 1989 and 1990 Middle Tennessee Chairman for the United Negro College Fund Telethon.
Dr. Boyd also served as a board member of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau and chairman of the foundation for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 1982, Dr. Boyd became a member of the Meharry Medical College Board of Trustees and served as vice chairman for 25 years. On two occasions he received the Salt Wagon Award from Meharry denoting his acts of kindness and philanthropy. Boyd served for four years as the Inaugural President of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee and served on the National Board of the 100 Black Men as Vice President of Finance.
Boyd is a former Board member of Florida Memorial College, and a former member of the Tennessee State University Foundation. He is also a former Board member of Maryville College, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the historic Belmont University.
Dr. Boyd was inducted into the Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2005. He was the 2008 Thurgood Marshall awardee in Business, the recipient of the National Trumpet Award in Business in 2008, and he received the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Hall of Fame Award in Business in 2009. Dr. Boyd was inducted into the Blair & Beckwith Religious Hall of Fame in 2011.
Dr. Boyd and his family were also featured in the March 2012 issue of Ebony Magazine entitled “The Boyds: Coolest Black Family in America, No. 3.”
Dr. Boyd and his family have donated $1 million and artifacts from the R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in the national mall in Washington, DC. There are three exhibits dedicated to the Boyd family. The Boyd’s have also contributed $1 million to National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN, where Dr. Boyd serves as a founder and Legacy Trustee.
In October 2017, Dr. Boyd retired as President/CEO of R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation and transitioned to Chairman Emeritus. He was succeeded by LaDonna Boyd. Dr. Boyd became Chairman Emeritus of Citizens Savings and Trust in 2019.
Over the years, Dr. Boyd has competed nationally in full marathons (26.2 miles) and enjoyed offshore power boating. He is an avid collector of antiques and rare watches.
Dr. Boyd is married to the former Yvette Jean Duke. They are the proud parents of four children: T. B. IV, LaDonna Yvette, Shalae’ Shantel, and Justin Marriel.