Stoy Hedges, BCE, has been selected to receive the 2019 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology.
Purdue University’s Department of Entomology presents this award annually. Named after one of Hedges’ many mentors — industry legend and PMP Hall of Famer (Class of 1997) Dr. John Osmun — the award celebrates an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence as an entomologist or in a related field.
Hedges is a 40-year veteran of the American pest management industry, having worked for a variety of pest management companies across the Midwest and South. He served as the senior technical entomologist for Terminix for 25 years, and since 2014, as the principle of his own consultancy.
His contributions to the industry as a conference educator and author have been prolific. In addition to a 26-year continuous stint presenting at the Purdue Pest Management Conference, he has served as the editorial director for the three editions of the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control. He has also written more than 100 articles for industry publications and several books including ANThology: The Best of Stoy Hedges and five Field Guides about ants, beetles, flies and spiders. He is an active member of the Pi Chi Omega pest management fraternity.
For his accomplishments, Hedges was inducted into the PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The John V. Osmun Award ceremony, including a presentation by Hedges, will take place on Oct. 11.
This year’s selection committee included Dr. Ian Kaplan, Dr. Ameya Gondhalekar, Dr. Trevor Stamper, Dr. Christian Oseto, Dr. Bob Waltz, Dr. Paul Cammer and Mathew Dittmann of Purdue.