Academician of the Week
Donald E. Letendre, Pharm.D.
Dean and Professor of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Donald E. Letendre has been Dean and Professor of the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy since September 2007. The College, a $30M enterprise, includes two highly regarded service units: UI Pharmaceuticals, the most comprehensive, University-based, FDA- approved cGMP facility in the US, and the IDIS drug information database bibliographic indexing service. Before coming to Iowa, Dr. Letendre served for six years as Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission.
Previously, Dr. Letendre spent almost twenty years on the executive staff of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), serving for much of that time as Director of the Accreditation Services Division. In that capacity his responsibilities included national oversight of all matters concerning accredited postgraduate pharmacy residency and technician training programs.
The eldest of eight children, son of a fifth-generation cabinet maker, first-generation collegiate, father of four, and grandfather of three, Dr. Letendre is a native of Acushnet, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, the Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky, and completed three years of postgraduate residency training at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, serving the last year as Chief Resident.
Dr. Letendre has authored many publications, spoken extensively, and devoted a substantial portion of his professional career to the growth and development of postgraduate pharmacy residencies, in advising pharmacy students and residents nationwide about postgraduate and career opportunities, and in leadership development.
In 1989 Dr. Letendre was designated an Honorary Resident by the Montefiore Medical Center in New York and in 1993 he was granted the same recognition by the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. In 1998 Dr. Letendre was the recipient of the University of Kentucky's prestigious Paul F. Parker Lecture Award and in 1999 he received the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy's 1999 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.