Ross University Names Two New Board Members


(North Brunswick, N.J.) – Today Ross University announced two additions to its board of directors — Connie R. Curran, R.N., Ed.D., F.A.A.N., the president of a healthcare consulting group specializing in healthcare services and human resources; and Alvin Richard Tarlov, M.D., a former Markle Foundation Scholar and Research Career Development Awardee of the National Institutes of Health.

“We are honored that these healthcare leaders have chosen to devote their time and energy to Ross University,” said Dr. Thomas C. Shepherd, president of Ross University. “They bring extensive private and public sector experience to the University, and are dedicated to education and public service.”
Dr. Connie Curran, president of Curran Associates, is a highly regarded national healthcare leader, speaker and consultant. Until recently, Dr. Curran served as the executive director of C-Change, a national organization she founded, which focuses on the eradication of cancer. C-Change participants included former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, the heads of federal and state governmental agencies, several corporations, and organizations in the motion picture industry and nonprofit groups whose missions relate to cancer.

Dr. Curran is one of the most prolific scholars in her field with more than 200 publications and several research programs to her credit. She directed two of the most comprehensive national studies on staff recruitment, retention and labor market participation. She has recently co-authored books on hospital-physician integration, hospital redesign, and on optimized home care integration. She also served as editor of Nursing Economic$ for fifteen years.
Dr. Curran is a faculty member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on President-elect Barack Obama’s advisory committee on healthcare, as well as the board of directors for DeVry Inc., Hospira, Inc., and Volcano, Inc. She received her doctorate in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and graduated from the Harvard Business School program for company owners and presidents.

Dr. Alvin Richard Tarlov is currently formulating and advocating public policies to make high-quality early education universally available to all U.S. children from birth to age five, with the end-goal of improving the long-term health of all Americans. The ultimate purpose of Dr. Tarlov’s work in this area is to guarantee that the U.S. workforce has the knowledge, capability, work flexibility, and motivation to support a vibrant U.S. economy, and to foster family well-being, durability and health. This mission was recently described in the book, Investing in Early Childhood Development: Evidence to Support a Movement for Educational Change.

Dr. Tarlov received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, after which he spent five years in hematologic research, partly at the University of Chicago and partly in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School. His institutional affiliations since then have included: the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, Tufts University, Harvard School of Public Health, the Texas Program for Society and Health, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Rice University.

Among many other distinctions, Dr. Tarlov has been named a John and Mary R. Markle Scholar in Medicine, a National Institutes of Health Career Development Awardee, a Robert J. Glaser Awardee of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and a recipient of the Distinguished Internist Award of 1997 from the American Society of Internal Medicine.

About Ross University
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine has clinical education centers in Miami, FL, and Saginaw, MI. A new clinical education center is scheduled to open in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in January 2009. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600.

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