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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.


RSAC provides:

  • Periodic risk assessment of group credit and non-credit bearing international programs, including location and activities.
  • Review of student 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 College of Law international programs.


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.


Robert Glew

Dr. Robert Glew is Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Office for International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. As a cultural anthropologist, he has 30 years of experience working on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, education, health, political and social change, and identity politics. He has co-directed successful collaborative projects with university, NGO, and governmental partners in Burkina Faso, China, Ghana, Iraq, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. Dr. Glew also serves as the director of the Tanzania Partnership Program, and professor of international development studies at MSU.

Dr. Glew earned his BA and MA in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity. He also speaks French and Hausa and has studied Fulfulde.

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

Pero Dagbovie

Pero Gaglo Dagbovie is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Associate Dean in the Graduate School at Michigan State University. Dr. Dagbovie is passionate about supporting graduate students and improving MSU's graduate education infrastructure.

Dr. Dagbovie's biography


Director for Global Health, Safety, and Security

Kurt Richter

Dr. Kurt Richter has thirty years of involvement in higher education and international development. Dr. Richter has worked in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has held long-term leadership roles in Guatemala, Colombia, Afghanistan and the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Richter led higher education human and institutional capacity development projects in numerous countries including Malawi, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. As a result, he brings a unique set of experiences and skills to the classroom, such as program implementation, international development theory and practice, proposal writing, financial leadership, project implementation and cross-cultural communication. Dr. Richter holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Missouri - Columbia and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. 

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

Michael Brown, MD, MSc

Dr. Brown is the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After graduating from medical school in 1986, he completed his EM residency training at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he subsequently joined the faculty. It was during this period when he developed a passion for summarizing evidence in a form that is useful to clinicians. This interest led to a MSc degree in Epidemiology with a focus on evidence synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis); Dr. Brown currently serves on the Editorial Board for Cochrane.

Dr. Brown'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 Rights and Responsibilities

Anthony Williams

Anthony T. Williams Jr. is the Assistant Vice President for Student Development and External Relations and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) with Student Life & Engagement. Prior to joining MSU, Dean Williams served as the interim Associate Dean of Students after being promoted from the inaugural Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution position at Grand Valley State University. Dean Williams also served in various student affairs positions at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Washington University in St Louis and Olive-Harvey College.

Dean Williams'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

Interim Vice President and Chief Safety Officer


Doug Monette joined the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety in 1996. Since then, he has served as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, Inspector, Administrative Captain, and Interim Chief of Police. He is currently the Interim Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. Doug leads the university’s Department of Police and Public Safety, including police, community engagement and support, emergency management, security systems, parking, transportation, and traffic engineering.


Doug is a mid-Michigan native. Prior to joining MSU, he worked for the East Lansing Police Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and his master's degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors.

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