Tudor Vlad honored with IDEA Award for Service

Grady College faculty member Tudor Vlad has been recognized by the Intellectual Dialogue and Educational Advancement Society for his “valuable efforts towards continuously fostering democracy and stability globally,” according to the organization.

Vlad, the associate director of the University of Georgia Cox International James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, was presented with an IDEA Award for Service during the organization’s 11th annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner on Oct. 22, 2015, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

“Tudor Vlad, a beloved member of the Grady College family, builds global connections for us with kindness and professionalism,” said Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College.  “He helps the college in so many ways, large and small, that I know all of us cheered this latest accolade as further evidence of what we all know: Tudor is treasured by us all.”

Vlad has been involved in over 40 U.S. led international programs whose main goal has been to foster democracy and stability in emerging democracies by promoting freedom of speech, independent media and inter-ethnic dialog. He conducted training programs for journalists and journalism educators in Belarus, Hungary, Kenya, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Ukraine, and trained journalists and political leaders from over 20 countries.

Vlad worked as a journalist in Romania for 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at the UGA, he was the chair of the Journalism Department of the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.  He has been a director of the World Free Press Institute since 1998.

“It is an extraordinary honor and I see it as a tribute to many UGA individuals and organizations that have done valuable work all over the world in a variety of areas, making the University of Georgia an institution with remarkable international reputation,” said Vlad.

Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. was also a recipient of a 2015 IDEA Award for Service.

Date: November 10, 2015
Author:  Stephanie Moreno, s.moreno@uga.edu
Contact:  Tudor Vlad, tvlad@uga.edu