Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of The Cox Center.

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Dr. Tudor Vlad , who has been associated with the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia since 1999, became associate director of the Center on January 1, 2008.

In making the announcement, Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Center, said the new title reflected Dr. Vlad’s increased responsibilities in the Center. Dr. Vlad has been assistant director of the Cox Center since 2003.

Dr. Vlad will play a leadership role in the Center in development of new collaborative and exchange programs with universities outside the United States and provide assistance with fundraising for the Center, Dr. Becker said.

“Tudor is involved in every aspect of the Center’s operation,” Dr. Becker said. “This new title reflects that fact,” Dr. Becker said.

Dr. Vlad first came to the Cox Center as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1999 and has stayed on handling various assignments in the Center since. The Cox Center is a unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

A native of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Dr. Vlad earned his bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of Bucharest in 1984 and his doctorate in Philology from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, in 1998. Prior to coming to the Cox Center, Dr. Vlad started and then directed the School of Journalism at Babes-Bolyai, located in Cluj-Napoca.

Dr. Vlad is co-editor with Lee Becker of Copyright and Consequences (2003), and author of The Interview: From Plato to Playboy (1998), The Romanian Writers’ Fascination with Film (1998), and four novels.

Since joining the Cox Center, Dr. Vlad has collaborated with Dr. Becker on the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication, which provide key labor force and educational data on the field of journalism and mass communication. He also has been co-principal investigator on a number of projects evaluating post-employment training programs for journalists.

Dr. Vlad is a director of the World Free Press Institute, San Francisco, and a consultant for The New York Times.

“Working with Tudor in the Cox Center is an absolute joy,” Dr. Becker said. “Students have said that he is a renaissance man, and that is exactly right. His talents are many and varied. We are very lucky to have him in the Cox Center, and I’m delighted to be able to appoint him to this new position.”