The UT College of Business Administration announced the naming of the Jim R. Shelby Classroom in the James A. Haslam II Business Building at a presentation celebrated on May 10. The naming was announced by Dean Jan R. Williams, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair in the UT College of Business Administration. Over 100 of Shelby’s family, friends, and professional peers attended the presentation, hosted in the newly named room of the James A. Haslam II Business Building.
Jim “Jimmy” R. Shelby, a 1959 accounting graduate, passed away in July and will be missed by all who knew him. Shelby was widely respected as a trusted and influential business advisor to large and small businesses across the state of Tennessee. His accomplishments in the accounting profession as a partner in two international accounting firms and as an officer and member of numerous bank boards of directors had a lasting impact on multiple communities.
Shelby’s reputation for personal and professional integrity established him as one of the most influential wealth advisors in the state. He shared his expertise in a variety of ways with the University of Tennessee and served numerous charitable and civic organizations.