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Jeff_KovacA professor of chemistry has been elected as a senator in the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Jeff Kovac was one of thirteen senators elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society this month during the organization’s 44th Triennial Council in Denver, Colorado. The society was founded December 5, 1776.

Senators serve as directors who set the direction for the society’s future and guide the society on policy matters that are carried out by the national office.

“Being elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Senate gives me an opportunity to have a larger impact nationally as an advocate for the liberal arts.” Kovac said.

The UT chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, officially known as Epsilon of Tennessee, was formally installed in 1964 and has more than 120 members as of 2013. Kovac currently serves as the chapter president and one of the five judges for the society’s $10,000 National Book Awards in Science.

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