Report From the September 2020 ESA Governing Board Meeting

September 30, 2020

The ESA Governing Board meets at least 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 via video conference on September 10. During the meeting, the board took the following actions:

  • Approved a new ESA position statement on integrated pest management (to be published online in October).
  • Approved minutes of the July 2020 ESA Governing Board meeting.

The Governing Board also discussed the following topics:

  • Staffing, budget, technology, and other operations updates from ESA headquarters, including status of submissions and registrations for Entomology 2020.
  • Vice President Michelle Smith’s vision for the Society in 2021, centered on the theme, “Adapt. Advance. Transform.” Smith also shared ideas for potential speakers and other elements for the 2021 ESA Annual Meeting in Denver.
  • Progress and open questions from the Ethics and Rules Committee on its work to develop ethics policies and procedures related to ESA honorees and awardees.
  • A report from staff on ESA’s ongoing branding renewal project, including research on members’ perceptions of ESA and opportunities for improving its member communications.
  • Proposed updates to the ESA Fellows selection and evaluation process.

The ESA Governing Board also convened as the ESA Certification Corporation Governing Board and discussed a proposed change to the pricing structure for the Associate Certified Entomologist application and exam and approved the minutes of the Certification Corporation Governing Board’s July 2020 meeting.

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

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