Tom Scott

Dr. Thomas A. Scott is  professor emeritus of history. He taught at Kennesaw State University for 43 years prior to his retirement in 2011. Dr. Scott has led the KSU Oral History Project for many years and is the author of three books: Cornerstones of Georgia History; Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South; and Kennesaw State University: The First Fifty Years.

In retirement, Tom continues to serve on a part-time basis as Campus Historian. He thoroughly enjoys retirement and is an avid sports fan from the Braves to KSU football to all the sports teams at his alma mater.

Fun Fact: Tom ran track and cross country at the University of Tennessee in the early 1960s and has been doing interviews of his old track coach and fellow athletes for their website, The Chuck Rohe Track Era.


  • PhD, History, University of Tennessee
  • MA, History, University of Tennessee

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for State & Local History
  • American Historical Association
  • Georgia Association of Historians
  • Oral History Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Historical Association


  • Kennesaw State College Distinguished Teaching Award, 1994
  • Governor's Award in the Humanities, 2004
  • KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor Award, 2008

Campus Engagement

  • Campus Historian
  • KSU Oral History Series & SPSU Oral History Series

Community Outreach

  • City of Marietta Elizabeth Porter Historic Monument Committee
  • Cobb County Oral History Series
  • Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society