Thom Gossom, Jr. Bio

Thomas (Thom) Gossom, Jr. is a renaissance man in love with life. “I make the most of every day.”

Gossom is an actor, writer, speaker, and communications consultant. He received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Auburn University in 1975. A starting wide receiver for the Tigers, from 1972-1974, Gossom was the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University and is featured in the HBO special, Breaking the Huddle, about the integration of Southern College Football.

Gossom received his MA in Communications from the University of Montevallo and began his career with AT&T/BellSouth where he served on the staff of the President of BellSouth Services.

He and his wife joyce are owners of Best Gurl, inc, providing customized solutions for corporations, education, and non-profits that lead to improved performance. They are supporters of higher education, libraries and literacy.

Through 2016, Gossom served as the Chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board where he oversaw the successful Billion Dollar Campaign. He currently serves as a Director on the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and as the Chairman for the 2019 Black Alumni Weekend as Auburn celebrates the 50th year of Athletic Integration.

As an actor, Gossom has starred in films including Fight Club, and Jeepers Creepers 2 and Miss Ever’s Boys. On television he has been seen in The Quad, Love Is…, CSI, Boston Legal, and In the Heat Of The Night.

Gossom’s writing credits include his published memoir, Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration at Auburn University and his, Slice Of Life, short story collection.

Motivational, funny, and insightful, Gossom is a frequent speaker for businesses, universities, corporations, and civic organizations.

2 comments on “Thom Gossom, Jr. Bio

  1. Thad McCormack on

    Hey Thom,

    I am with the Auburn Touchdown Club and wanted to see if you would be in town for the Black Alumni Weekend September 27-29 at Auburn. I wanted to see if you would make the trip from FWB (my hometown as I went to St Mary’s, Max Bruner Junior High and Fort Walton Beach HS before Auburn) a day earlier to speak to our club. We raise money for scholarships for Lee County students wanting to further their education at Auburn University. We meet at the AU Club at 6:00 pm on Wednesday September 25th. Please contact me if your schedule is available. Thanks and War Eagle,

    Thad McCormack


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