2018 ESA Governance Review

Creating Opportunities for the Future

Would you like to play a role in shaping the future of the Entomological Society of America? If so, get ready.


ESA President Michael Parrella, Ph.D., discusses the value of a governance structure that engages all members of ESA in the future of the Society.

In 2018, ESA will embark on a full-scale review of its governance structure. The goal: to identify improvements to ESA policies, procedures, and bylaws that will strengthen the entomological profession and enable ESA to better meet the needs of today's entomologists in three specific, member-identified ways:

  • A more nimble, responsive ESA. Agility in governance and in planning will allow ESA to adapt to a more rapidly changing world.
  • A more inclusive ESA. Further commitment to inclusiveness and engagement will maximize opportunities for all members to participate in the Society.
  • A more career-supportive ESA. In-depth career development opportunities will recruit and foster future leaders of the entomological discipline and of the Society. 

How can you be involved? The ESA governance review will be an open process: Members will have opportunities to review and weigh in from start to finish. Plan to participate in one of our open "town hall" forums during the Eastern, North Central, Pacific, Southeastern, and Southwestern Branch Meetings (dates and times below) or submit online feedback via the ESA website as proposed updates are announced.

  • Southeastern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Monday, March 5, 5-6 p.m., Magnolia B.
  • Eastern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Monday, March 19, 7-7:50 a.m., Room Capital A.
  • North Central Branch Meeting Town Hall: Tuesday, March 20, 6-7 p.m., Salon A.
  • Southwestern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Wednesday, March 28, 8-9 a.m., Alvarado B.

Bookmark this page and watch your inbox for eNews and other announcements to follow along as further details are announced throughout the year.

Progress and Updates

  • November 2017: ESA Governing Board votes to form a Governance Review Task Force, with members to be appointed in December 2017.
  • December 2017: ESA Governing Board appoints members of Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance (see roster below).
  • January - February 2018: Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance convenes via conference calls for discussions about potential improvements to ESA governance documents.

ESA Past President Susan Weller, Ph.D., explains why the Society seeks to adopt governance practices that convey clear paths for all members to engage.

Members of the Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance

Susan Weller, Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ESA Past President
Gary Brewer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Central Branch Representative to the Governing Board
Chris Geden, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology Section Representative to Governing Board
Marianne Alleyne, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section Representative to the Governing Board
Scott Hutchins, Dow Agrosciences, Former ESA President
Alix Whitener, Washington State University, Former ESA Student Affairs Committee Chair
Tracy Leskey, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Former Eastern Branch President
C. David Gammel, ESA Executive Director, Staff Liaison

About ESA Governance

ESA's governance structure determines how the Society makes decisions and how leaders within the Society are identified and selected. To fulfill its strategic principles, ESA must ensure that its governance system provides opportunities for all members, has a global perspective, and supports ESA's work to increase its influence. Find more details at the links below:

ESA Governance Structure

ESA Governing Documents