Alumni and Donors
College of Law alumni are partners in our ongoing efforts to provide quality legal education.
Alumni and Development Staff
Senior Director of Advancement
Steve Evans joined the College of Law in 2015 as the senior director of advancement. He leads the college’s development and alumni affairs team and oversees all aspects of advancement for the college including campaign planning, major gifts, annual giving, alumni relations, and stewardship.
Evans is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He also received his MBA from the University of Tennessee, Martin. Before coming to UT Law, Evans served as the chief development officer of the Carolina region for the UT Foundation since 2011, where he lead the university’s development efforts in North Carolina and South Carolina, a region of than 13,000 alumni, friends, and corporate partners.
Director of Advancement
Stephanie Neal joined UT Law as the director of advancement in Fall 2017. In this role, Neal works with Dean Melanie D. Wilson, Senior Director of Advancement Steve Evans, faculty, fellow staff, and external constituents to support the traditions and mission of the College of Law. Her primary focus is major gift fundraising.
Neal practiced law for many years before seeking philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations, receiving her juris doctor in 1980 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and her LL.M. in taxation in 1998 from the University of Florida.
Before joining UT Law, she worked in healthcare philanthropy serving as the director of major and planned gifts for Porter Hills Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. She also focused on gift planning opportunities in the arts and culture community at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
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.
Coordinator of Advancement
Rynn Young joined the College of Law in 2006 and the Office of Advancement in 2011. In her role as coordinator of advancement she leads the college’s donor relations and stewardship programs. She is responsible for the law school’s donor communications strategy and its regional alumni events. She also provides support to the college’s board members and volunteers.
Young is a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in communication and information. In addition to her work at the college, Young is actively involved in the community through the Knox County Foster Care Review Board and the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County serving as president of the latter.