Dean Of UI College Of Pharmacy
Donald Letendre has been dean and professor of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy since September 2007. Before coming to Iowa, Dr. Letendre served for six years as dean and professor at the University of Rhode Island and executive secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission in which he oversaw programs that experienced unprecedented growth and development. Among the many achievements realized at URI during his tenure were implementation of one of the most avant-garde, technologically-advanced classrooms in New England, establishment of the nationally-recognized Student Leadership Council, and receipt of statewide approval in 2006 of a $65M bond to construct a new state-of-the-art college of pharmacy facility.
Previously, Dr. Letendre spent almost twenty years on the staff of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), serving for much of that time as director of the Accreditation Services Division. At ASHP his responsibilities included all matters concerning postgraduate pharmacy residency and technician training programs. He served as secretary to the ASHP Commission on Credentialing, assisted in the establishment of a residency accreditation process in Canada, and aided in the development of postgraduate residencies in several other countries.
Immediately following completion of his residency in 1979, Dr. Letendre held a joint appointment as assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and assistant director of Pharmacy Services at the KU Medical Center. At KU he oversaw the establishment of one of the nation's first pharmacy-based clinical investigational drug units.