COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Frank Gilstrap, professor emeritus at Texas A&M University’s department of entomology, has been selected as a 2011 Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, according to a press release distributed by the society.
Gilstrap joined Texas A&M University in 1974 as a teaching and biological control research faculty member in the department of entomology. He was later named the associate director of Texas AgriLife Research from 1996-2003, and retired as director of the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas in 2010.
The release states that, as an administrator, Gilstrap developed agency protocols and processes for protecting and managing intellectual property, managed production on nearly $5 million in state-appropriated funds and was administrative liaison to numerous Texas commodity groups.
In his role as center director, Gilstrap developed and implemented the Dallas Model-a business approach for managing center research and education in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He also established more than 60 regional partnerships and collaborations with private and public leaders in the metroplex and elsewhere, and facilitated changes for acquiring grant and contract funds which grew the Dallas center’s annual revenue from an average of $250,000 in 2000-2004 to more than $2.1 million in 2007-2011.
Gilstrap has been an Entomological Society of America member since 1972.
As a board certified entomologist, he has served as an elected officer and 1989 president of the International Organization for Biological Control/Nearctic Regional Section, as a member of the Entomological Foundation Board of Directors, as 2003 president of the Foundation Board, as a project leader within the International Sorghum-Millet Collaborative Research Support Program, and as a member of the Program Board of Directors.
Within the Entomological Society of America, Gilstrap served as president, chair of the program committee, and as both a section and subsection chair. He was also a member of the society’s governing board, a member of the Entomological Foundation Board of Counselors, chair of the society’s annual meeting posters sessions, chair of the group’s annual meeting student competition for the President’s Prize, a member of the Certified Entomologists Board of Directors, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Economic Entomology, and from 1979-1989 held offices within the entomological society’s Southwestern Branch and the Central Texas Chapter of Association of Registered Professional Entomologists.
In 2011, the Texas A&M University Board of Regents approved Gilstrap as a department of entomology professor emeritus.
He is presently employed by PI Consulting, McKinney.