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New Job at NU highlights study-abroad risks

Here’s a sign of our times:

Northwestern University has hired an attorney from Michigan to the newly created position of associate director for international safety and security in its Study Abroad Office.

The new administrator, Julie Friend, comes to Northwestern from Michigan State University, where she helped develop its risk management approach to study-abroad administration with a focus on risk education, emergency planning, and crisis response, according to a news release.

At Northwestern, she will chair the university’s Risk Assessment Committee, collaborate with colleagues across campus, and monitor international developments. In addition, she will help develop and implement a more flexible study-abroad policy and serve as the university’s first-responder to all crises abroad.

Friend holds a law degree from MSU and is a licensed attorney in Michigan. She is one of three representatives from higher education appointed to the executive board of the Department of State Security Advisory Council.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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