James A. Haslam, II (’52)

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Mr. James A. Haslam, II, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1952. He was on active duty from 1953 to 1955, and served as a Company Commander of an Engineer Combat Company in Korea from 1954 to 1955.

Following his military service, Mr. Haslam founded the Pilot Corporation, which has grown to become the nation’s largest operator of travel centers and largest seller of over-the-road diesel fuel.

Mr. Haslam has enriched the local, state, and national environment through his work in and philanthropy to community service. He was a trustee for the University of Tennessee for 27 years and was both vice chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is chairman of the board of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center of Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.

In October of 2014, for the first time in its 220 year history, the University of Tennessee named a college in recognition of an alumnus and donor. The James A. Haslam II College of Business was approved by the UT Board of Trustees after a landmark gift of $50 million was made to the university in honor of the Haslam family patriarch.