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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 of International Health and Safety (OIHS) 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; OIHS is responsible for the operational aspects of international 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 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.


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.


 Dr. Elizabeth Alexander

Dr. Alexander, M.D., M.S., is 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

R. Sekhar Chivukula

R. Sekhar Chivukula serves as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing University-level undergraduate initiatives that support and enhance the undergraduate experience, providing direction to a number of University-wide programs that serve undergraduate students, and coordinating the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures related to undergraduate education.

Dr. Chivukula's Biography.

Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate School

Judith Stoddart

Judith Stoddart is serving as interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan State. She has been an Associate Dean in the Graduate School since 2011, Assistant Dean (2007-2010), and director of the University Fellowship Programs since 2002. Dr. Stoddart was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, where she received an M.Phil and D.Phil in English. She has published on 19th-century theories of nationalism, aesthetic theory, and visual culture. Dr. Stoddart was the associate chair and graduate program director in the MSU English Department for 4 years. Her graduate and undergraduate teaching have been recognized by departmental and university awards.

Dr. Stoddart's biography.


Director for International Health and Safety

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

Hiram E. Fitzgerald

Hiram E. Fitzgerald is Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) is a campus-wide resource dedicated to helping faculty and academic units construct more extensive and effective engagement with the communities of our state, nation, and world. He holds a Ph.D. in experimental child psychology from the University of Denver.

Dr. Fitzgerald's Biography

University Physician

David Weismantel, MD, MS

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

Teresa 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. 

Teresa 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.

Dean Hanson's biography.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Services

Denise Maybank

Denise Maybank's career achievements span the areas of administration, consultation, counseling, and education, including teaching graduate courses internationally. A native of New York City, Maybank has a doctoral degree in counseling and school psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Maybank has held a variety of positions on boards of directors, councils, coalitions, and committees through which she has had the opportunity to serve others. She currently serves as co-chair-elect of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Council on Student Affairs Executive Committee; commissioner of the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission; and member of the Lansing Community Board of Ele’s Place.

Dr. Maybank's Biography

Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges

Anthony Ogden

A career international educator, Anthony Ogden is a national leader in education abroad and exchanges, widely respected for his knowledge of research and scholarship, program design and development and outcomes assessment. He received his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in educational theory and policy with a dual title in comparative and international education.

Dr. Ogden's biography

Representative from the Department of Police and Public Safety

Captain Mary Johnson

Capt. 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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