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Tony Kong, Faculty Director of the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership, Named a Sam and Bonnie Rechter Fellow

By Jamie Boyle

Tony Kong

ST. PETERSBURG (December 9, 2020) -- Tony Kong, faculty director of the Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership on the St. Petersburg campus of the Muma College of Business, was recently named a Sam and Bonnie Rechter Fellow by the University of Louisville, an inaugural award given to five fellows to promote ethical leadership.

Kong and his colleagues will conduct research and instrumental development to help build a better understanding of ethical leadership.

“The challenge for ethical leadership is that there is no clear consensus on its definition or operationalization,” he said, “and through this fellowship work, I hope to help develop or improve instruments and make contributions to this area.”

Kong will build assessment tools, trying to evaluate ethical leadership at the individual level, under the framework of the Bishop Center’s trust-centered ethical leadership model.

Kong stressed the importance of ethical leadership in all sectors and all cultures. His fellowship not only shows his expertise and dedication to the inquiry of ethical leadership, but also the Bishop Center’s alignment with the global initiative that is much bigger than one community or university.

Kong is an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, joining the full-time faculty in August 2019. Prior to his assignment at USF, he was a tenured associate professor of management and leadership at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.

In 2019, he was selected by Poets & Quants as one of the 40 best business school professors under the age of 40 in the world and was named an Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management.

As a Sam and Bonnie Rechter Fellow, Kong is eager to incorporate this research experience into his work at the Bishop Center.

“This is a learning opportunity,” he said, “as well as a chance for me to position the Bishop Center in a bigger network of leadership centers with other universities.”