Dr. Tudor Vlad and Dr. Mike Blake.

Cox Center Associate Director Vlad Recognized for Service by Rotary Club

Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, received the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence from the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens in a ceremony on June 23.

The award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated excellence in their vocation, achievements in the community and academic accomplishments. Dr. Vlad has been a Rotarian since 2002 and served as program director and Rotary Foundation director for the Classic City club.

"I won't read the long list of books and studies that Dr. Vlad has authored," Dr. Mike Blake, former Rotary Club president, said while introducing the award recipient. "His activity, his service to the community and to the international journalism environment have made him an effective leader and a respected citizen."

"Working in the Cox Center at the University of Georgia and being a member of the Rotary Club of the Classic City have been a perfect combination for my career," Dr. Vlad said. A Helping people around the world to develop free media and to celebrate freedom of speech is entirely in the spirit of Rotary.

Dr. Tudor Vlad with his duaghter, Oana, son, Ion, and fellow Rotarians.

"I have been very fortunate to come here to the University of Georgia and to become a member of this wonderful club," Dr. Vlad continued. "I feel a duty to give something back to our community and to people that are struggling for freedom of the press in emerging democracies."

The ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Athens, on the edge of the University of Georgia campus. The Cox Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Present at the ceremony was Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox Center, and Dr. Vlad's two children, Oana and Ion, both graduates of the University of Georgia . Oana Vlad is working in advertising with Ciamillo Components Inc. in Athens, while Ion Vlad is working in public relations at the San Francisco Tennis Club in San Francisco.

"I'm so pleased that Tudor was recognized by the Rotary Club," Dr. Becker said. "Tudor is devoted to this group and to its missions. That his contributions to the goals of the Rotary Club has been highlighted in this way is fantastic."

The W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence was implemented during Rotary year 2000-2001 by Rotary International District 6910 and the Rotary Club of Habersham County. Lee Arrendale's service as a Rotarian and business leader was extensive.

This award, in memory of Arrendale, seeks to recognize the importance of service of the individual to society, to promote high ethical standards in the community, to inspire vocational leadership, and to set an example to the youth of the need to pursue and strive for vocational excellence .