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Two State Department Fellows join IWP

2023 State Department Fellows with IWP Leadership
From left to right: Dean of Students and Senior Vice President Jason Johnsrud, State Department Fellow Mike Jeffress, Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations Christine Balling, Executive Vice President Chris Glass, and State Department Fellow Star Hy.

Two new Fellows from the United States Department of State have joined IWP’s Executive Master of Arts in National Security Studies program: Star Hy and Mike Jeffress. This is IWP’s third year of welcoming State Department Fellows as a part of a partnership between IWP and the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the State Department.

Star Hy
Star Hy

While completing her Fellowship at IWP, Star Hy is serving as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the law enforcement arm of the Department of State, where she has served as a special agent since 2009.

Prior to IWP, Star served as the Executive Officer to the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army as an activated member of the U.S. Army Reserve.  Within Diplomatic Security (DS), Star has served in overseas assignments at U.S. Embassy Kabul, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, and U.S. Embassy Mexico City.  Domestically, Star has served in the DS Washington Field Office as well as headquarters assignments in the DS Office of Overseas Criminal Investigations and the DS Office of Special Investigations.

Before joining Diplomatic Security, Star served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  She also served five years active duty in the U.S. Army.

Star holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in Management from Troy University.

Star is a Lieutenant Colonel and Foreign Area Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Michael Jeffress
Michael Jeffress

Mike Jeffress entered service with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service in 2006.  Domestically, Mike’s assignments have included tours at the Houston Field Office, Office of Counterintelligence, Office of Special Investigations, and the Secretary of State’s Protective Detail.  In embassies overseas, Mike served as the Regional Security Officer in Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini and as an Assistant Regional Security Officer in Vientiane, Laos and Rabat, Morocco.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Richmond and served nearly six years as a U.S. Army military intelligence officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina prior to joining the Department of State.  He is the proud father of his three teenage boys, William, Lincoln, and Donovan, and one supersized Labrador named Lloyd.

“We are very pleased that the State Department has sent such high-caliber student-practitioners to participate in our Executive M.A. program,” said IWP Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations Christine Balling. “At IWP, we encourage our students to share their on-the-job experiences in class discussions, and we are delighted that Mike and Star are bringing their professional insights to our classrooms.”