Dean's Welcome

Dear Friends, Dean Donald Letendre standing upstairs at the Old Capitol Museum

The core mission of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is to educate future pharmacists and to conduct research to advance health care. Judging by what our alumni have achieved after receiving degrees from our college, we’ve been doing outstanding work!  A few of our very finest examples (noninclusive) are below. 

Valerie Jensen, ’90 BSPh, is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. Part of her fascinating role at the Food and Drug Administration involves working tirelessly to keep medications on the market during critical shortages.

Mike Akers, BA, ’72 PhD, MBA, has had a distinguished career in industry and academia as an internationally-recognized leader in the fields of parenteral product development, manufacturing, and quality assurance.

Pamela Wong Wiltfang graduated from our dual PharmD/MPH degree program in May of 2012. She decided to stay in Iowa because of how innovative and progressive pharmacy is within the state. Wiltfang is directing innovations and clinical services at NuCara Pharmacy.

Samm Anderegg, ’11 PharmD, uses creative problem-solving and technology to improve patient care and advance the profession. He has been involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since he was a student in 2007. Now ASHP and other organizations are involved with a major information technology effort to help justify the value of pharmacists’ services to patients. Anderegg leads a major piece of this effort.

Patrick Keefe, ’69 BSPh, MBA, and his wife, Sue, have used their health care training to serve members of underserved populations around the world through their time, talent, and treasure. They consciously work to pass on their values to others.

Faculty member Erika Ernst, PharmD, has formed a unique bridge between the college and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her cutting-edge work helps set the bar for how to best use antibiotics to root out drug-resistant bacteria.

Our entire college family is connected to current and past students. They are the reason we exist as an institution. We have synergy as we work together to educate pharmacy professionals, conduct beneficial research, and answer needs in communities. It inspires us all.

Professionally Yours,

Donald E. Letendre
Dean and Professor