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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.–James L. “Jim” Clayton, business and community leader, has been chosen the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Volunteer of the Year.

 The award will be presented Tuesday evening at a meeting of the Chancellor’s Associates at the Hyatt Regency.

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented annually by UT President Joe Johnson and Chancellor Bill Snyder to an individual or couple who give “untiring service and devotion to the university and the community.”

Clayton, founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Clayton Homes, earned engineering and law degrees from UT-Knoxville. He is a member of the UT Development Council and co-chairs the College of Business Administration’s phase of UT’s 21st Century Campaign.

 The university’s Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence in Finance was established in 1988 with a matching gift from Clayton. Earlier this year, he established a $250,000 fund to provide UT finance students “real world experience” in managing a stock portfolio.

 A supporter of several community organizations and charities, Clayton has given more than $3 million to the Knoxville Museum of Art. The Clayton Family Foundation was established in 1992 to support the arts, education, community development and human services.

 Clayton Homes, established in the mid-1960s, is the nation’s fourth largest homes producer. It operates in 28 states and last year had revenues of more than $1 billion.


 Contact: Annelle Foutch (423-974-5045)