Report From the April 2019 ESA Governing Board Meeting

April 23, 2019

The ESA Governing Board meets four times per year to discuss strategic initiatives, oversee the work of staff and volunteers, and advance new ideas to benefit the Society. A summary of activities is published after each meeting to inform members about board activities and decisions.

The ESA Governing Board met in via conference call on April 11. During the meeting, the board heard updates on plans for Entomology 2019, including details on the development of the Antlion Pit Competition, as well as science policy and operational updates. The board also discussed trends related to non-academic career tracks for scientists, the agenda for an upcoming retreat for the members of the ESA presidential line, and plans for Innovation Day during the Summer Meeting in St. Louis.

The board also took the following actions:

  • The board voted to provide strategic funds in 2019 to support development of a stakeholder group of related organizations and scientific societies on vector-borne diseases.
  • The board voted to accept the donation of unrestricted net assets made available by the dissolution of the Entomological Foundation and to use those assets to create a new fund that will support education and outreach efforts on behalf of the Society.
  • The board voted to approve Oxford University Press's proposed 2020 subscription pricing for the ESA journals.
  • The board voted to approve several consent agenda items, including five new common name proposals, the report of the 2018 Annual Meeting co-chairs, recent cybermotions of the Governing Board, ESA's 1st quarter investment report, the most recent emeritus membership report, minutes of past Governing Board and Executive Committee meetings, and the proposed candidates for ESA Honorary Member status. The approved Honorary Member candidates will be placed before the membership for a vote in this summer's Society elections.  

The ESA Governing Board also convened as the ESA Certification Corporation Governing Board during this call and voted to approve an update to the certification corporation bylaws. Moving forward, members of the Certification Corporation's Certification Board (a separate entity from its Governing Board) will be appointed by a nominating committee and approved by the Certification Corporation Governing Board, with selections made according to the candidates' certification specialty as a primary selection criterion and demographic representation as a secondary criterion.

Members with questions about the outcomes from the April Governing Board meeting can contact ESA Executive Director David Gammel at

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