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CCI welcomes 4 new BOV members

The College of Communication and Information officially welcomed four new members to its Board of Visitors at its Fall 2009 meeting: Beldina Auma, Tori Blase, Mike Costa and Michael Mabe.

AumaBeldina Auma, a 1985 graduate of CCI in Journalism, is the Chair of the World Bank Group-IMF African Society and the Senior Communications Officer, External Affairs Group for the African Region of The World Bank. Beldina has been active in the United Nations, Communications for Development International, World Bank’s Communications Network, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Earlier this year, she was honored as an Accomplished Alumna from the University and also received the World Bank Africa Region’s Award of Excellence for her Communications Program for AIDS in the Workplace. Beldina has four children, one grandchild and is currently writing a book.


A 1993 CCI graduate in broadcasting, Tori Blase heads up the primetime CNN line-up as Supervisor and Executive Producer. While at UT, she was a member of NBS/AERho and Delta Gamma. Tori has 2 young daughters and enjoys reading, photography, mentoring, running, swimming and horseback riding.


Mike Costa is a 1985 CCI graduate in Communications. As Vice PreCostasident and General Manager of WTVC Television, Mike also finds time to serve as the Vice-Chair of TV for the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. In addition, Mike is active in the United Way of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the UT-Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable. Mike has two teen-age daughters and enjoys golf, cooking, biking and travel.


Michael Mabe, spends his days as Chief Executive Officer of the International MabeAssociation of STM Publishers in Oxford, UK. Michael is a graduate of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University.  He serves on the Oxford Brookes University Board of Directors and the Centre for Publishing Studies at University College London. Michael is also a visiting professor of Information Science at University College London. His research interests include socioeconomic understanding of scholarly communication, and applied bibliometrics.