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Bruce E. Jarrell


jarrell-bruceBruce E. Jarrell was selected as the seventh president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in September 2020 after serving in several other executive positions at the school.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

That it’s all about the people; who you surround yourself with, who you make time to meet and engage and how you use their goodwill for improving other peoples’ lives. Good people can solve any problem.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

I went to public school in Maryland and believe that my teachers, especially my physics teacher, were my best mentors and role models. I learned the value of hard work, being humble and learning for the sake of learning.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

This has been a year where the best in many people has come forward. My hope is that we recover rapidly from the pandemic and its effects but sustain this “can-do” culture.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I am an artistic blacksmith as a hobby. Metal, especially iron, allows me to create artistic sculptures. It requires the development of skills similar to the skills I used as a surgeon. During the pandemic, I have developed a rhythm of working in my blacksmith shop early in the morning and then starting my real job. It clears my mind and allows me to be more creative in my thinking.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.