Duke's Global Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC) advises Duke leadership as to the safety and security of destinations around the globe.

The Global Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC) is convened three times annually to review the Duke Restricted Regions List (RRL) in its entirety.  It also convenes when conditions warrant (i.e., when world events call for a review of a location) and/or when a petition for Undergraduate travel to a "Restricted-Safety/Security" region is received. 

GTAC consists of faculty from every School and several Institutes (recommended by their Deans and Directors) as well as leaders of programs that conduct student travel.  All committee members are appointed by the Provost to serve 2-year terms, which are renewable if mutually agreed, and both committees advise the Provost on policy matters, travel destinations and other travel related issues.

Any member of the Duke Community, at any time, can request a review of a particular destination, or of their travel plans, for an assessment of the safety and security situation or to reconsider Duke's position. Requests and inquiries should be sent to the Travel Policy Administrator. Note: Asterisks (*) below indicate that the individual is a member of the GTAC Executive Committee.

Current Committee Members

  • Eric Mlyn*, Lecturer, Sanford School of Public Policy and Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics (Chair)
  • Amanda Kelso*, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director, Global Education Office (Vice Chair)
  • Lisa Adams, Director of Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS), Office of Student Affairs
  • Edna Andrews, Professor, Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies
  • Chris Beyrer, Director, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Chris Boroski, Director, Corporate Risk Management
  • Dennis Clements, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, Nursing and Global Health 
  • Eve Duffy, Associate Vice Provost, Global Affairs
  • Anna Hayes, Director of Global Health & Safety, Office of Global Health and Safety< Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Debbie Heida, Interim Dean of Students and Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
  • John Klingensmith, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, the Graduate School
  • James Lambert, Director of Academic Advising, School of Law
  • Todd Mesibov, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Compliance, Duke Athletics
  • Russ Morgan, Associate Dean for the Duke MBA—Daytime and MMS Foundations of Business and Professor of the Practice, Fuqua School of Business
  • Brendan Murphy, Director, Global Administrative Support
  • Bill Nicholson, Associate University Counsel, Office of General Counsel (ex officio member)
  • Ram Oren, Professor, Earth Systems Science, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Christy Parrish*, Director, Global Travel Policies and Incident Management (Travel Policy Administrator)
  • Charlie Piot, Professor, Cultural Anthropology, African, African-American Studies and Faculty Director of DukeEngage (on leave Fall 2019)
  • David Schaad, Professor of the Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
  • Christopher Simmons, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations
  • Stephen W. Smith, Professor of the Practice, African, African-American Studies
  • Eleanor Stevenson, Clinical Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
  • Russell Thompson, Interim Vice President, Operations / Executive Director, Utilities & Engineering
  • David Toole, Associate Dean for Global Health Initiatives, Duke Divinity School and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Instituate
  • Frank Tramble, Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
  • Krishna Udayakumar, Director, Global Health Innovation Center; Associate Professor, Global Health and Medicine and Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Singapore
  • Daniel Vick, Director, Export Controls
  • Giovanni Zanalda, Associate Research Professor, SSRI, Economics, History and Director, Duke University Center for International Studies
Updated January 12, 2024