Tom Griscom Speaks At ElderScholars Meeting Feb. 11

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tom Griscom will speak at the February ElderScholars meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Lookout Mountain Room of the University Center.  Mr. Griscom was a director of communications for president of the United States Ronald Reagan; a press secretary for former U. S. Senator Howard Baker, and a public relations consultant with Powell-Tate.

Before entering the political business, he was political editor for the Chattanooga New-Free Press.  In 1978 he joined the staff of Senator Baker and later became part of the Reagan administration.   

In the last half of 1999 he returned to Chattanooga as editor of the city’s merged daily newspaper.  He retired from the newspaper in 2010 and continues to do strategic communication consulting.  He is married to the former Marion Dobbins and both are graduates of UTC.

The ElderScholars will meet at the University Center Cafeteria for lunch around noon.  The official meeting starts at 1 p.m.  Parking is free in any UTC lot with a letter on the dashboard indicating that you are attending the ElderScholar Meeting.  


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