Report From the June and July 2022 ESA Governing Board Meeting

July 12, 2022

The ESA Governing Board met on June 30 and July 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the meeting, the Board approved:

  • The nominations of three Honorary Members;
  • The class of 2022 Fellows; and
  • The ESA Audit Committee Report.

The board also discussed:

  • The outcomes of the summer strategy day, which focused on planning for ESA’s future and where the society should focus its efforts;
  • The process by which Honorary Member nominees are reviewed;
  • The impact of global geopolitical events, the economy, and turbulent financial markets on ESA’s finances;
  • The Branch Evolution Project and related feedback received at the Branch meeting town halls;
  • The creation of a presidential task force focused on insect loss and biodiversity;
  • An update on the spongy moth name adoption and the next steps with the Better Common Names Project;
  • Headquarters operations, including personnel changes and relevant membership figures;
  • Governance structures and the effectiveness of Robert’s Rules of Order compared to alternative approaches, with the board agreeing to continue to follow Robert’s as a general guiding principle;
  • ESA’s publications, the impacts of open access and member page charges on the journal business model, and the pricing of backlist Thomas Say titles;
  • ESA’s federal advocacy efforts and the activities of the Science Policy Committee and ESA’s Science Policy Fellows;
  • The 2022 Joint Annual Meeting, including a breakdown of expected virtual and in-person attendees;
  • A report from the Education and Outreach Committee that proposed the creation of a fifth section dedicated to formal and informal teaching; and
  • The expansion of ESA’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

During an executive session in which the Fellows nominations were reviewed, the board also discussed the findings of a recent ethics case which had been appealed. The board upheld the findings of the investigation. Additional consent agenda items included the prior meeting minutes and a variety of reports from committees, Sections, and Branches.

The ESA Governing Board also convened as the ESA Certification Corporation Governing Board. During this portion of the meeting, the Board reviewed the certification program performance and finances, agreed to several updates in program pricing, and approved the prior minutes.

Members with questions about the outcomes from the June and July 2022 Governing Board meeting can contact ESA Executive Director Chris Stelzig at

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