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Bruce Jarrell

University of Maryland Baltimore

Since starting his tenure at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as chair of the UMB School of Medicine, Bruce Jarrell has risen through a series of leadership positions, including chief academic and research officer, senior vice president, executive vice president and provost.

In September 2020, after eight months as interim president, he was named the school’s seventh president.

His tenure as interim and permanent president has coincided with the pandemic.

“This has been a year where the best in many people has come forward,” Jarrell said. “At UMB, people have taken initiative in solving problems, stepped forward to take leadership roles, and managed to be productive in spite of the many difficulties that have been thrown in their way by COVID. “Guiding UMB through these difficult times is an accomplishment of which I am proud.”

Born and raised in Caroline County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Jarrell earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia.

He completed a general surgical residency and renal transplantation fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia and held faculty positions at Jefferson and the University of Arizona, where he was a professor and chair of its Department of Surgery.

Jarrell credits his success to the people with whom he has worked.

“It’s all about the people; who you surround yourself with, who you make time to meet and engage, and how you use their good will for improving other peoples’ lives,” he said.