Jim Allen has generously served the university and its intercollegiate athletics program with his talents and resources. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, cum laude, from Lipscomb in 1968 and became an entrepreneur in the communications industry. He returned to Lipscomb in 1988 as a consultant and served as Vice President of Business Affairs from 1988-1993. Jim was Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Fiber Properties from 1993-1998, when the company merged with MCI WorldCom. He founded Meritage Funds in 1998, and as general partner and investment director he works with entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their businesses. Jim and his wife, Linda, have shaped this campus in significant ways. In 1999 they funded construction of a 100-foot tower, which houses a 35-bell carillon commissioned from France, as a memorial to their son, Michael. In addition to Allen Bell Tower, they donated one of the largest gifts in Lipscomb history toward construction of Allen Arena, the 115,000-square-foot facility that has served as home to Lipscomb Athletics since October 2001. Jim has served on Lipscomb’s Board of Trustees since 1998, devoting to the progress of Lipscomb University the same professional drive, integrity, and leadership that made him a business champion.