UMB Provost Bruce Jarrell Named Interim UMB President

December 6, 2019    |  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 6, 2019                              



UMB Provost Bruce Jarrell Named Interim UMB President


Baltimore, Md. – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has named Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, interim president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), effective Jan. 6, 2020, when current UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, assumes the position of University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor.

Jarrell, who is UMB Executive Vice President and Provost, and Dean of the University’s interdisciplinary Graduate School, is an accomplished surgeon, educator, andBruce Jarrell, MD, FACS administrator. He was recruited by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1997 as chair of the Department of Surgery, and later served as Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine. Under his leadership, the Surgery department expanded its research programs to become ranked 11th nationally in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

In 2012, Jarrell was named UMB Chief Academic and Research Officer, and Dean of the Graduate School. In that role he worked to promote the University’s education, research, and clinical care agendas, and oversaw many of UMB’s most prominent institutional relationships, such as the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State, UMB’s innovative and structured collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as academic collaborations with other USM institutions. Jarrell’s already wide-ranging duties were further expanded in 2017 when he was named Executive Vice President and Provost.

“The University couldn’t be in better hands than Dr. Jarrell’s,” said UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD. “I’ve worked with Bruce for 20 years, and I know well his deep dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of UMB. I know that the University will continue to rise in prominence under Bruce’s leadership because that’s exactly what happened when he assumed responsibility for our academic enterprise seven years ago. I credit Bruce with a lot of our success over the last decade.”

"The confidence placed in me to lead our extremely talented team of educators, researchers and clinicians is profoundly gratifying," said Jarrell. "UMB will not only maintain our very high standards in the classroom, in the laboratory and in patient care, we will continue to evolve, expanding our impact on the state, the city and our own community."

Dr. Jarrell was born and raised in Caroline County, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He received a BS degree from the University of Delaware and an MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed a residency and renal transplantation fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia, and has held faculty positions at Jefferson and the University of Arizona, where he was professor and chair of surgery just prior to coming home to Maryland in 1997.

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