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Clay Drees, Professor of History at Virginia Wesleyan University, was installed as the president of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the national honor society in history, at the organization’s biennial convention in New Orleans on January 6. He will serve a two-year term and will become chair of the PAT advisory board until 2022 as the immediate past president. Drees earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1991 after having taught high school for seven years, including a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. At Virginia Wesleyan University, he teaches courses in medieval and early modern European, African and Islamic history. A two-time recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray distinguished teaching award in 1998 and 2015, Drees has also served VWU as director of the general studies program (1999-2005) and as chair of the social science division (2005-11). His published books include Authority and Dissent in the English Church (Edwin Mellen, 1997), The Late Medieval Age of Crisis and Renewal (Greenwood, 2001) and Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age (McFarland, 2014).