Evan Cope '94, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was a five-year day student at Webb and served as student body president his senior year. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in History, from Rhodes College in 1998, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis in 2001. Evan has practiced law in Murfreesboro since 2001, primarily in the field of civil litigation in both state and federal courts. He also serves as general counsel for Community Care of Rutherford County, Inc. (a non-profit nursing home created by Rutherford County government), the City of La Vergne and the Murfreesboro Housing Authority.
In addition to the practice of law, Evan serves as chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), a position to which he was elected by his fellow commissioners in 2015 following his appointment to the commission by Governor Bill Haslam in 2012. THEC coordinates and provides guidance to the institutions governed by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the six locally-governed state universities, and the community colleges, and colleges of applied technology governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. There are currently nine public universities, two special purpose institutes, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee that serve approximately 250,000 students.
Evan also serves on the board of directors for Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro. Greenhouse Ministries was established to meet the needs of those struggling to make ends meet by providing for their immediate needs and through educational programs and personal counseling.
Evan joined the Webb Board of Trustees in 2020.
Beth Cope is originally from Chattanooga. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2000, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. While at UT, Beth played for the championship-winning women's water polo team.
Beth is a member of the Murfreesboro Charity Circle and serves as a room mother at the Homer Pittard Campus School in Murfreesboro.
Evan and Beth have been married since 2007 and have twin nine-year-old sons, Edward and Andrew, who are in the 4th grade at Campus School and are avid Webb Feet athletics fans and Webb Summer Camp campers.
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