Jared Ross, M.B.A. ’03, B.S. ’01, adjunct instructor of clinical research and leadership, talks transitions between military and civilian protocols and life
By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz
As a child, Jared Ross, M.B.A. ’03, B.S. ’01, dreamed of being a Green Beret in the United States Army Special Forces. That dream stayed abstract until 1990, when Ross was a junior at the University of Maryland. The Greenbelt, Maryland, native felt that the start of Operation Desert Shield would lead to a long-lasting conflict — and he wanted to be a part of it. “That’s how it started,” he says. Twenty-six years later, Ross, who retired from the U.S. armed forces on Nov. 1, 2014, has bridged the gap between military and civilian life, and now, as an adjunct instructor of clinical research and leadership at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), he’s in a position to help the next generation.
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