College of Law

Ellen Cole

Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs


MS, Communications, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

BA, History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Ellen Cole joined UT Law as the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs in Spring 2017.  In this role, Ellen oversees the College’s annual giving program, including leadership of the annual gifts and the 3L Class Gift program.  Additionally, she is responsible for leadership of the College’s Alumni Council and several special events throughout the year, including the College’s Class Reunion program and the Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala.

Ellen is a UT alumna, receiving her B.A. in History in 1999 and her M.S. in Communications in 2004.

Before joining UT Law, she served 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.  Prior to Children’s Hospital, she worked in development at the East Tennessee Historical Society.

Ellen currently serves on the 91.9 Inc. Advisory Board for WUOT public radio and is active with the Junior League of Knoxville.  She is also an active member and past board member of the Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Ellen is a Knoxville native and comes from a long line of UT graduates. She lives in East Knoxville with her husband, Jason.