Thomas Joseph Costello

 Thomas Costello

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
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Tom Costello has been with the Communication Department for over 45 years. He hasthe opportunity each year to welcome freshman to college life as he teaches asection of CMN 101. He helpsstudents close out their college career and launch their professional career asan instructor of CMN 211 Businessand Professional Speaking and CMN 396 Leadership Communication : Theory andPractice.


Tom was the Assistant Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the award winningChampaign Urbana Mass Transit District for 40 years and served on the nationalBoard of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association as theVice-Chair of Marketing and Communications.


He served as the television host of the Champaign County Fourth of July Parade forover twenty years. He is also a Past Chair and Board Member of the ChampaignCounty Economic Development Corporation and Past Chair of the Urbana CivilianPolice Review Board.


Currently Costello is a Board Member and serves as chair of the Illini Media Corporation,the parent company of the Daily Illini, and WPGU. He is Past Chair and a memberof the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois.He also serves on the Development Services Foundation Board.


Areas of interest include Organizational and Leadership Communication

Research Interests

  • Organizational Communication and Leadership


  • john Carroll University Miami of Ohio University of Illinois


  • CMN 211: Business Communication