Alumni and Development Staff
Senior Director of Advancement
Elaine Eberhart joined UT Law as the senior director of advancement in Fall 2022. In this role, she works with the dean of the College of Law and the senior director of advancement along with faculty, fellow staff, and external constituents to support the traditions and mission of the College of Law.
Eberhart, a 1983 alumna of the College of Law, has more than 30 years of experience as a fundraiser and gift planner. Most recently, she has been the vice chair of the Department of Development for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
She has also served as senior director of development, Planned Giving for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation; director of planned giving at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; director of development for the Southern Poverty Law Center; executive director of Gift Planning at the University of Pennsylvania; director of planned giving for Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center; and director of development for Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
Director of Advancement
Ellen Cole joined UT Law in Spring 2017. She focuses on raising funds for the college through major gift fundraising and is also responsible for the college’s annual giving campaign. She supports the alumni council and several special events throughout the year, including the College of Law class reunions and the Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala.
Cole is a UT alumna, receiving her bachelor’s degree in history in 1999 and her master’s degree in communications in 2004. She has worked as the Children’s Miracle Network program director for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and worked in development at the hospital from 2005 to 2017. She also worked in development at the East Tennessee Historical Society.