Report From the September 2022 ESA Governing Board Meeting

September 29, 2022

The Governing Board held a virtual meeting on September 15. During the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Adopted a new procedures manual to guide ESA Governing Board operations;
  • Clarified the 2023-2025 budget planning process by moving to exclude revenue and expenses related to the CDC Cooperative Agreement when calculating the level of financial versus strategic reserves; and
  • Approved the minutes from the July 28 and August 18 Executive Committee meetings and the June 30 and July 1 Governing Board meetings.

The board also discussed:

  • The 2023-2025 strategic planning process, including a draft vision statement and three primary objectives: Maximizing Knowledge Sharing, Increasing Awareness and Visibility; and Enhancing Operational Efficiencies;
  • The newly established Biodiversity Task Force;
  • Headquarters operations, including a review of the evolution of ESA's revenue sources, staffing updates, the Branch Evolution Project, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement, and a recent announcement from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding open-access requirements for federally funded research;
  • A recent proposal related to meeting expansion strategies;
  • Board operating procedures, including the level of oversight the Board wishes to have on contract proposals;
  • A report from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee suggesting ways to improve the diversity of individuals featured in the American Entomologist Legends column; and
  • How the Society's investment income is handled and the effect of financial markets on ESA's finances.

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

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