Like Mother, Like Son

UT Alum Allen Bell establishes endowment to honor his mother’s support

“I hope that this endowment will help others have the same opportunities that my mother provided for me,” says alumnus Allen Bell (’85) about the Julia Bell Accounting Excellence Endowment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration.

“She would be very proud to know that she had a permanent legacy in her name at an institution for which she cared about so deeply.”

Bell’s gift, which benefits the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management, is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, UT’s $1-billion fundraising effort.

Now a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, Bell is the partner in charge of the firm’s North Texas Private Company Services practice.

“The University of Tennessee has been very important to my family. My grandmother, father, and brother also received degrees from the Knoxville campus,” Bell says. “While my mother did not attend UT, she was one of the biggest Volunteer fans in the state. Because of her efforts and sacrifices, I was able to graduate from this great university.

“I take great pride in being a graduate of UT’s College of Business Administration,” he says. “The quality of my education provided the foundation for the successes I have achieved.”

Each year the head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management will allocate the proceeds of the endowment to help fulfill the department’s mission, for example, funding faculty awards recognizing teaching and research, scholarships and teaching assistantships, technology purchases, and support for visiting experts and lecturers.

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