Entomological Society of America Executive Director David Gammel Announces Resignation
Gammel’s nine-year tenure to end November 30
Annapolis, MD; September 5, 2019—C. David Gammel, FASAE, CAE, executive director of the Entomological Society of America, has notified the ESA Governing Board that he will leave his position with the organization after November 30, 2019.
Gammel (pictured at right), who has served in the role since 2011, will join the consulting firm McKinley Advisors beginning in December. The ESA Governing Board will meet September 12 to enact the first steps in ESA’s executive leadership transition plan.
“ESA is stronger than ever thanks to David Gammel’s stewardship these last nine years,” says Robert K. D. Peterson, Ph.D., ESA president and professor of entomology at Montana State University. “My colleagues and I on the ESA Governing Board and throughout the Society are deeply grateful for his work, and we wish him the best in his next chapter.”
During Gammel’s tenure, ESA has reached record-high numbers in membership and has seen its Annual Meeting attendance grow by 40 percent. In 2016, ESA hosted the International Congress of Entomology, which was the largest-ever gathering in the history of the entomological profession. Since 2011, ESA has also strengthened its publications program via a partnership with Oxford University Press and has launched and grown a burgeoning science policy program. ESA is also now recognized as a leader among scientific societies for its efforts to address harassment and intimidation within the discipline.
“It has truly been my honor to serve as ESA’s executive director for the past nine years,” says Gammel. “ESA has achieved a lot in this time due to the fantastic partnership between our volunteers, leadership, staff, and members. I am very thankful for all they have contributed to the organization and that I had the opportunity to work with them for so long. While I am excited about my next endeavor, I will miss the great people around the world who make entomology so wonderful.”
“In large part thanks to David Gammel’s leadership, ESA is well positioned to continue to excel in all its operations during this time of transition,” says Peterson. “We have an extraordinary cast of leaders on the ESA Governing Board and within the Society’s volunteer ranks, and the ESA headquarters staff is second to none. I look forward to working with these colleagues as we venture to find the next executive director for ESA.”
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