April 1, 1987 The President today announced his intention to appoint Thomas C. Griscom as Assistant to the President for Communications and Planning, effective April 2, 1987. Mr. Griscom will direct all White House communication activities and will be responsible for overall planning. Working with him will be the Office of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling, Presidential Advance, Office of Political and Intergovernmental Affairs, Presidential Speechwriting, and the Communications Offices.
Mr. Griscom became president and chief operating officer of Ogilvy and Mather Public Affairs in January 1987. He served as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, 1985 - 1986. Mr. Griscom served as press secretary to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, 1978 - 1984. He was a political writer for the Chattanooga News-Free Press for 7 years, 1971 - 1978.
Mr. Griscom graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.A., 1971). He is married, has three children, and resides in Alexandria, VA. Mr. Griscom was born in Chattanooga, TN, in 1949.