University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC)

University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC) oversees university travel to “higher-risk” locations, such as to countries under a State Department or Centers for Disease Control & Prevention alert or warning.


  • Solon Simmons,¬†Interim Vice President for Global Strategy (Co-Chair);
  • Julie Zobel, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety (Co-Chair);
  • Joyce Bland-French, Director, Office of Risk Management;
  • Dave Farris, Director for Emergency Management and Fire Safety;
  • Yehuda Lukacs, Associate Provost for International Programs¬†and Director, Center for Global Education
  • Shannon MacMichael, Export Compliance and Secure Research;
  • Pam Patterson, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students;
  • Two faculty members (TBA)

To seek approval, travelers must contact the Center for Global Education at 703-993-2154.