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Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC)

The Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) is comprised of senior university officials who work with the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security to minimize the impact of risks affecting the security, safety, and health of Michigan State University students and employees traveling internationally.

RSAC serves in an advisory capacity on policy and procedures and as a liaison to senior MSU leadership; the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security is responsible for the operational aspects of global health, safety, and security.


Responsibilities

RSAC provides:

  • Periodic risk assessment of group credit and non-credit bearing international programs, including location and activities.
  • Review of student group and individual travel to countries with governmental or international security or health warnings.
  • Recommendations to the Provost and/or President regarding the approval of student travel to certain destinations and abbreviation of on-going student group programs during a significant change in security or regional health risks.
  • Review of MSU's emergency assistance protocols and procedures.
  • Guidance on international travel tracking, data management, and MSU's Duty of Care.

International Travel Oversight

RSAC has responsibility for:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students, including Education Abroad programming and non-credit international student travelers, such as Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), students traveling with MSU faculty or staff employee serving in a leadership or guidance role as it relates to their MSU role, including service learning programs like alternative break opportunities.
  • MSU staff, faculty, or other employee University-affiliated international travel that is funded by MSU or occurs in connection with their employment with MSU.
  • MSU College of Law international programs.

Membership

RSAC members are appointed by the President and the Provost. These members reflect a wide range of disciplines and expertise and people who are invested in the ongoing success of MSU's global initiatives, including the minimization of risk to participants in these initiatives.

The Chair is a senior active or emeritus MSU faculty member or official, appointed jointly by the President and the Provost.

Chairperson


Elizabeth Alexander

Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, M.D., M.S., is a Senior Advisory to the Provost and an emeritus professor in the Department of Family Practice in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. She came to MSU from the University of Kansas, where she served on the faculty. In addition to her background in Medicine, she also has a degree in counseling psychology. Dr. Alexander is the former University Physician at MSU.

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Mark Largent 

Mark Largent is an historian of science, technology, and medicine, and he currently serves MSU as the interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Largent's biography

Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate School

Thomas D. Jeitschko

Thomas D. Jeitschko is a professor of economics who serves as the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. He supports the graduate students and postdocs of Michigan State University and oversees and supports the Masters, Professional, and Ph.D. programs across the fourteen graduate degree-granting colleges. Thomas holds an advanced degree in economics from the University of Münster in Germany with a specialization in Economic History and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a specialization in Mathematical Economics. His research interests are in applied economic theory with concentrations in industrial organization, law and economics, and micro-economics more broadly.

Dr. Jeitschko's biography

 

Director for Global Health, Safety, and Security

Christopher Daniel

Chris has worked as a consultant, chief operating officer, and emergency program manager for various agencies including Catholic Relief Services, World Connect, Safer Institute, World Vision and The Rhode Island Department of Health. He has extensive experience in numerous African and Latin American countries and has skills in four different languages. As a leader in the areas of policy development, travel risk assessment, emergency preparedness/response and crisis management, training and outreach, public engagement and representation, Chris is especially well suited to provide guidance, mitigate risk, and manage crises to keep MSU travelers safe while abroad. 

Christopher Daniel's biography

Associate Provost for Outreach and Engagement

Laurie A. Van Egeren

The Office of University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) facilitates a university-wide charge to create an ecosystem of engagement by supporting the engaged activities of faculty, staff, and students. As the Interim Associate Provost, Laurie Van Egeren leads an effort aimed at fostering public access to university expertise and resources, and advocating for exemplary engaged scholarship, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Van Egeren's biography

 

University Physician

David Weismantel, MD, MS

Dr. David Weismantel is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the university physician for Michigan State University. He completed his family medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In 1997-98, he was assistant director of the Scottsdale Healthcare Family Practice Residency Program and was a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine for the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Weismantel's biography

Director of Risk Management

Matthew McCabe

As Director of Risk Management and Insurance, Matthew McCabe is responsible for property and liability risks, self-insurance and insurance programs, actuarial services, loss control programs, claims administration and coordination of damage assessment for the University. Prior to coming to MSU in 2007, he was the Risk Manager for Volkswagen of America. He has over 30 years of experience in risk management, insurance brokerage and casualty underwriting. He has a B.A. in Risk and Insurance from Michigan State, M.B.A. from the University of Detroit and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.

Matthew McCabe's biography

Representative from the Office of General Counsel

Theresa Kelley

Theresa is Associate General Counsel at Michigan State University, where she primarily practices litigation and advises on employment law matters relating to support staff. Ms. Kelley also is responsible for advising on a variety of state and federal regulations and university policies including research misconduct, fiscal misconduct, and environmental law. Prior to joining MSU in 2000, Ms. Kelley was in private law practice in Houston, Texas. She served as a law clerk for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and received her law degree from the University of Houston in 1990 and her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1985. 

Theresa Kelley's biography

Associate Provost and Dean of International Studies and Programs

Steven Hanson

Steven Hanson is the associate provost and Dean of International Studies and Programs (ISP). In this role, Dr. Hanson leads MSU's international programming efforts, including multidisciplinary and multicollege research and strategic partnerships with higher education institutions abroad.

Dr. Hanson's biography

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Services

Terrence L. Frazier

Terrence L. Frazier, Ph.D. is a student affairs administer who prides himself on being a student-centered leader with a proven track record of fostering positive and supportive student environments on the campuses he has served. 

Dr. Frazier's biography

 

Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges

Opal Leeman Bartzis

As executive director of education abroad, Opal provides vision for the education abroad office and leadership for all aspects of the education abroad experience at MSU. In addition to managing education staff units, she actively engages faculty and offices across campus in the institutional aim of cultivating globally engaged citizens.

Dr. Leeman Bartzis' biography

Representative from the Department of Police and Public Safety

Captain Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is the Captain of Michigan State University's Police Department. She is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission. Johnson earned her associate degree from Lansing Community College and her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. 

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