Donald E Letendre

Donald E Letendre

, BSPh, PharmD
  • Dean, Office of the Dean
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science / Division of Applied Clinical Sciences




(319) 384-4467


Donald Letendre has been dean and professor of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy since September 2007. Before coming to Iowa, he 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. 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, Dean 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. Immediately following completion of his residency in 1979, he 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.

In 1989, Dean 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, Dean 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.

He received his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a 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.