The College of Law welcomed Erica M. Clark this month as the new director of development.
In the position, Clark works with Dean Melanie D. Wilson, Senior Director of Development Steve Evans, faculty, fellow staff, and external constituents to further the college’s fundraising efforts, which includes a recently announced $45 million campaign. Erica will work with alumni and friends to advance the college by facilitating philanthropic investments in students, faculty, and strategic priorities.
Clark began her fundraising career with the Boy Scouts of America in Monroe, Louisiana, and was the first female district executive in the organization’s local council. She relocated to Knoxville in 2000 and worked for UT as director of development for what was then the College of Human Ecology. Clark later worked in fundraising for University Libraries until 2006. Before her return to UT this month, Clark spent nearly a decade in the pharmaceutical sales industry, primarily in the diabetes market, working for Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Astra Zeneca.
“I always knew I would come back to development with UT but was waiting for the perfect spot,” Clark said. “From the time I first visited the College of Law in 2000, I knew I wanted to work here. It is a dream come true to be here now.”
Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Louisiana, Monroe, in 1998. She has a husband, Han, of fifteen years and a five-year-old son named Grayson. In her spare time, Clark enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and camping.