Last week it was announced that the University of Tennessee trustees were to vote on renaming the business school to James A. Haslam II College of Business after a $50 million gift from the aforementioned Jim Haslam.
The Relationships between UT & the Haslam Family
Haslam and his family have donated to UT in the past – in fact, UT’s business school campus was overhauled with the aid of a prior gift from the Haslam family and already bears their name as does the school’s new music building and practice fields. This clearly shows that the school enjoys a good relationship with the Haslams.
Further evidence of connections between UT and Jim Haslam in particular can be found in this relationship report from Prospect Visual – it shows that he has several Board-level connections with constituents at UT. And if you’re a regular reader you know that strong relationships with donors can often result in substantial gifts.
UT believes that Relationships Matter
UT understands the importance of maintaining strong links with one of Tennessee’s most prominent families. Renaming various schools, campuses and buildings is their way of publicly declaring their appreciation and gratitude.
Is your institution doing all it can to reinforce the relationships with your biggest donors?