As HDFS concentrates on strategic excellence in research, teaching and outreach in Michigan and across the globe, the department welcomes two administrative innovations. Dr. Adrian Blow has been appointed as the Associate Chair for Research and will lead the development of support systems and policies to facilitate faculty and student excellence in research. Dr. Blow is well-qualified for this position. He has received large federal and foundation funding for his applied research on stress in military families, state-of-the-art training for mental health workers, and research on family stress and resiliency as it relates to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Blow has research connections across the state, nationally, and internationally, including his long-time connections in Africa. Dr. Francisco (Chico) Villarruel has been appointed as the Associate Chair for Education and Outreach. Dr. Villarruel will lead the development of support systems and policies to facilitate faculty and student excellence in education and outreach. One of the initiatives Dr. Villarruel will be leading is developing a systematic mentorship program to assist students in submitting pre-doctoral and postdoctoral grant applications. Dr. Villarruel has a long history of outreach scholarship and national leadership on federal grant and policy panels for disenfranchised minority youth. The department looks forward to the important roles both Associate Chairs will play in efforts to support the continued success of faculty and students.