Professor Robert Boswell of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology department at the University of Colorado Boulder was named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement on January 1, 2012. Bob has had a long and distinguished career at CU-Boulder as a faculty member and researcher. He became an assistant professor in MCDB in 1986 and tenured in 1993. In addition, he was a teaching and graduate research assistant while completing his doctorate at CU-Boulder from 1975 to 1981. Boswell became the principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) in 2003. The IMSD program encourages educational institutions with fully developed research programs to initiate or expand innovative programs to improve the academic and research capabilities of underrepresented students.