Associate Professor Kris G. Mattila was elected chair of the Construction Safety Standards Commission, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, in November. Mattila represents the general public. Then-governor John Engler appointed him in July 1999 and again in March 2001. The Construction Safety Standards Commission has the authority, along with the director of the department, to promulgate construction safety standards in Michigan. It is the vision of the commission that Michigan become a national leader in safety for industry by incorporating the changing needs of new technologies and methods into standards.