Jim Wilson, Jr.
Class of 2005
Category: Distinguished American Sportsman
Born: January 29, 1935
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
A native of Montgomery, he attended Sidney Lanier High school where he was the center on a football team that had as its quarterback one of football’s true legends, Bart Starr. Mr. Wilson is the President and Chairman of Jim Wilson and Associates Inc. and a forty year entrepreneur in the shopping center industry in the Southeast. Two of his proudest accomplishments are the Riverchase Galleria and the Wynfrey Hotel located in Birmingham . He attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Tulane University in 1957 with a degree in Business Administration. He was on a football scholarship at Tulane. Since his graduation he has continued to be very active at his alma mater. He is an emeritus member of the Tulane University Board of Administrators. He also co-chairs the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee at Tulane. Through his generosity a seven million dollar athletic complex, the James W. Wilson Jr. Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, was dedicated at Tulane in 1990. In June of 2003 as a member of the “Perpetual Wave Committee”, he was instrumental in keeping Tulane’s athletic program in Division 1A. For many years he was involved in the Blue-Gray Football Classic in Montgomery . He was personally responsible for obtaining the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. as the title sponsor of the Blue-Gray football game for fifteen years. He also financially supported the Blue-Gray organization including its annual tennis tournament. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and a member of the Board of the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2004 he received the All-American Football Foundation’s “Outstanding Contribution to Football Award.” Mr. Wilson is the owner, developer, and builder of the outstanding Wynlakes Golf & Country Club inMontgomery . In addition to the members that play there he allows high schools, colleges, and various charities to use the course to hold golf tournaments for fundraising purposes. Many millions of dollars have been raised to help these entities.
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