Jim Wangberg to Retire in September

Dr. Jim Wangberg, an ESA member since 1973, will retire September 7, 2012.

He completed his BA and MA in biology at Humboldt State University under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Hurley and then completed his PhD at the University of Idaho under Dr. William F. Barr. He began his career at Texas Tech University in 1975, where he advanced to the rank of professor and headed the Department of Entomology and served as the director of the TTU Center at Junction. In 1986 he moved to the University of Wyoming to head the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences.

He will finish his career in Wyoming as associate dean and director of Academic and Student Programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. During his tenure at the University of Wyoming he served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, now the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning. He has been recognized with numerous educational awards, including the ESA's Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching in 1984, and he was the founding contributing editor of the Education Connection in American Entomologist in 1991.

He and his wife Lesley will continue to live in Laramie, Wyoming.