In spring 2017, Dr. Ross Perkins was elected as the president-elect for the Design & Development Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT ). In his capacity as president-elect, Perkins has been working with the 2018 Conference Planning committee to organize the upcoming AECT Annual Conference, which will be held this year in Kansas City, Missouri. The presidents-elect for each division solicit the help of peer reviewers for conference proposals, advertise the early spring Call for Proposals, leads the review process (February to April), and attends to numerous other details to prepare for the division's conference experience. The Design & Development Division is one of the oldest divisions of the conference and annually garners the highest number of proposals. Perkins becomes division president in October. His goal is the continue to find ways for Design and Develop to be the professional home of instructional designers no matter their work context. The division has long benefitted from the influence, research, and writing of outstanding scholars, and making these contributions even more apparent is another goal of his over the next several months. The Design & Development leadership position is Perkins' second time leading a division of AECT; he is a past president of the International Division.