BATON ROUGE, LA - Dr. Xurong Kong of Union, N.J., was recently elected as an officer for the Kean University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Kong, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies at Kean University, was elected to the position of president and will serve during the 2017-2018 term.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

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Membership into Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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Since its founding in 1897, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for international, national and local literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.