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UMB Provost Named New President

September 10th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents appointed the provost of the University of Maryland, Baltimore to serve as its next president.

Dr. Bruce Jarrell, who led the department of surgery from 1997 to 2012 before he rose within the university's ranks, will assume his new role on Sept. 11. He was named provost in 2017 and had served as interim president since Jan. 6, when President Jay A. Perman became the university system's chancellor.

"The Board of Regents is extremely pleased that Dr. Jarrell has accepted the appointment to be president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore," Board of Regents Chair Linda R. Gooden said in a statement. "He has already served the university so well in leading its academic and research offices, and his effective stewardship as interim president was seamless during an important and transitional time for the USM."

Perman called Jarrell the "ideal leader for UMB."

Jarrell is a native of Caroline County. He studied at the University of Delaware and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia and has held faculty positions at Jefferson and the University of Arizona, where he was chair of surgery before he accepted the Maryland position.

“The core of my professional life is centered here at UMB,” Jarrell said. “I have been so proud to guide the university during these months of staggering challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, with UMB on the forefront of medical and societal advances. As I wrote recently to the UMB community, our university will not be an island within a city, but an integral part of our community that houses our institution. I am privileged to continue that vision for UMB.”