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English Professor Dr. Bill Clemente elected vice president of Alpha Chi National Council


Dr. Bill Clemente

Dr. Bill Clemente

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State English Professor Dr. Bill Clemente was recently elected vice president of the Alpha Chi National Council, the chief governing body of the coeducational academic honor society.

The Alpha Chi National Council is comprised of 22 members, 15 faculty and seven students. Each year the honor society invites the top 10 percent of college juniors, senior and graduate students into its ranks, inducting 13,000 from more than 300 campuses.

Clemente said, “I especially enjoy working with the student representatives from across the country and look forward to organizing with them and National Council members the next Alpha Chi National Convention this spring in St. Louis.”

Major responsibilities for the vice president of the National Council include serving as chair of the annual convention committee - selecting speakers, setting themes, planning activities and otherwise assuring the success of the society’s event.

Clemente has served as convention photographer for the past several years, compiling a slide show featured in the convention’s final plenary session. He has also served as Region IV secretary-treasurer since his election to the National Council in 2004. In recognition of his contributions, Alpha Chi gave Clemente two of the society’s highest honors, The Distinguished Service Award and the Executive Director’s Award. Clemente will complete his term in 2015.

Clemente joined the Peru State faculty in 1993. He teaches a variety of classes, including children's literature, the history of the English language, composition, film studies, world literature to 1500, non-western literature, and comics as literature.
His most recent publications have focused on Caribbean literature and speculative fiction, including the essay Panem in America: Crisis Economics and a Call for Political Engagement published in the collection of essays Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games (2012).

Clemente holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from San Diego State University.
Since 1922, Alpha Chi’s purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.