shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Chief of Environment, Tennessee Department of Transportation
Appointed by Commissioner Gerald F. Nicely to become the first Chief of Environment and Planning for the Department of Transportation. Edward H. Cole also served as Executive Director of Cumberland Region Tomorrow. A ten-county regional planning organization, this agency was responsible for development of a regional vision for land-use, transportation, historic site, social service and other factors that influence regional development in the Nashville area. Mr. Cole spent number of years in state government, as Interim Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Environment and Conservation. His other involvement in Tennessee state government included positions in the Department of Children's Services and the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment. He also worked briefly as an environmental consultant for the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet of the state of Kentucky. Prior to his state government experience, Cole worked for Metro Nashville in planning and transportation. Cole has also taught planning and political science courses at the university level and was a visiting lecturer in government at the University of Sydney, Australia from 1970-72. Cole has served on many boards and commissions during his career including: the Environmental Council of States, the Tennessee Public Health Association, the National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Technology, the EPA Executive Steering Committee, the National Association of Information Systems Resource Executives, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Civic Design Center and the Friends of Radar Lake. Cole lives in Nashville where he now enjoys being a grandfather.