Sociologist; university professor; motivational speaker. Born– August 12, 1934, Spartanburg, S.C. Parents–Benjamin F. and Irene Hill Griessman. Children–three. Education– Tennessee Temple College, B.P., 1956; Baylor University, M.A., 1958; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1962; Louisiana State University, Ph.D., 1966. Taught at North Carolina State University, 1966-1970; director of NC State Center for Occupational Education, 1967-1970; sociology professor and department head, Auburn University, 1970-1982; director, National Evaluation of Concerted Services in Training and Education, 1961-1970; proposal reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities; moderator and producer of TV’s “Options” and “Insight.” Founder and executive director, Atlanta Speakers Bureau and Griessman and Associates. Developed Lincoln impersonation presentation “An Evening with Abraham Lincoln”; presented in many venues.  Fellow of the American Anthropology Association; contributing editor International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. Member of Alpha Kappa Delta, American and Southern Sociological Associations, Southern Anthropological Association. Member Television Academy and Dramatists Guild.  Received Benjamin Franklin Award.


Marquis Who’s Who online; Contemporary Authors online


The Achievement Factor …. New York; Dodd, Mead, 1987.

Diversity:  Challenges and Opportunities.  HarperCollins, 1993.

Planned Change in Low-Income Rural Areas; …. Raleigh, N.C.; Center for Occupational Education, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, 1969.

Image and Memories: Georgia Tech, 1885-1985. Atlanta; Georgia Tech Foundation, 1985.

Lessons from Legends, 2006.

Lincoln and Obama. 2012.

Lincoln’s Wisdom, 2012.

Time Tactics of Very Successful People. McGraw-Hill,  1994.

Words Lincoln Lived By.


Factors related to Communication of Forest Fire Prevention Messages; …. Baton Rouge, La.?; The State University, 1967.

Lincoln Speaks to Leaders.  Elevate, 2009.


The Concerted Services Approach to Developmental Change in Rural Areas; …. Raleigh; Center for Occupational Education, North Carolina State University, 1968.


Minorities; a Text and Readings in Intergroup Relations. Hinsdale, Ill.; Dryden Press, 1975.


The Southern Mystique:  The Impact of Technology University, Ala.; Published for Auburn University by the University of Alabama Press, 1977.