Black Alumni Stories

Tommy L. Davis ’10

My Auburn University story is a non-traditional one.

I arrived at Auburn in January 2009 after completing an Associate’s Degree at Southern Union State Community College. I was not the typical straight out of high school student. I was a 45 year old military veteran and local Baptist Church Pastor. I was an African-American husband of 20 years and father of three—the only male in an elementary education cohort of 24 females, only one of which was African-American.

I immediately became the “father” of the group, being the oldest and only male. I mentored undergraduate students for the Office of Diversity, was a part of the Honors College, and even worked for Veterans Services. I finished with a 3.84 Auburn GPA and was selected as the Student Marshall for the College of Education’s Fall 2010 graduation.

After graduation, I worked as a long-term substitute teacher in a local school system before being hired to work at Auburn Athletics. I was then afforded an opportunity to return to school, where I achieved a Master’s of Education in Adult Education in Fall 2013 at the age of 50.

Tommy L Davis '10

Currently, I am an Adult Educator with Chattahoochee Valley Community College. My wife is a 20 year Auburn University employee. My son graduated from Auburn in 2017. My twin daughters graduated from Auburn in 2020. We are what the Auburn Family is all about. I am blessed to have never been made to feel like anything less than what I am: An Auburn Man!