Donald E. Letendre is Dean and Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Following completion of his Doctorate in Pharmacy and clinical residency at the University of Kentucky, he served as Assistant Director and Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center; spent nearly two decades on the staff of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) serving, for much of that time, as Director of Accreditation Services; and, was Dean and Professor at the University of Rhode Island and Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission immediately prior to his responsibilities at Iowa.
As a clinical practitioner, educator, association staff member, and now academic administrator, Letendre has been privileged to serve countless students and postgraduate residents throughout his career, and has actively participated in the development and implementation of standards that have helped shape pharmacy practice and residency and technician training programs worldwide.
The eldest of eight children, son of a fifth-generation cabinet maker, first-generation collegiate, husband to his high-school sweetheart, father of four, and grandfather of ten, Letendre is a native of Acushnet, Massachusetts. Among his many awards and special citations, Letendre received designation as an ‘Honorary’ residency graduate by New York’s Montefiore Medical Center (1989) and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (1993). He was the recipient of the University of Kentucky’s prestigious Paul F. Parker Lecture Award (1998), and also received the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award (1999).