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Aug. 10, 2007

Donald E. Letendre Named Dean Of UI College Of Pharmacy

Donald E. Letendre, professor of pharmacy and dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, will become the new dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy effective Sept. 25. He succeeds Jordan L. Cohen, who will step down from the deanship but remain on the college's faculty.

UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan announced the appointment today.

"Dr. Letendre comes to us with an excellent reputation as a scientist and clinician, valuable administrative and fundraising experience, and a compelling vision for the college," Hogan said. "I'm excited about his commitment to building on the superb work Jordan Cohen has done during his deanship."

UI President Sally Mason said, "This is a great way to start off the academic year -- with the appointment of a distinguished, experienced leader for one of the university's superb professional colleges. I know Dr. Letendre is going to serve our students, the college, and the university very well."

Letendre said he's honored to be given the opportunity to join the UI family.

"The UI College of Pharmacy has a longstanding legacy of professional leadership; is widely recognized for excellence in all of its educational, research, and service pursuits; and boasts an outstanding legion of alumni that includes an incredible number of highly progressive practitioners and avant-garde researchers among its ranks," he said. "It will be a true privilege to join a world-class academic health science community and participate in one of the country's most highly acclaimed state pharmacy associations."

During Letendre's tenure as dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, he reorganized the college and worked with his colleagues to develop a new curriculum, implement Rhode Island's only professional pharmacy degree program, and achieve successful accreditation of the new program. External research funding increased dramatically, and the college now ranks among the top 20 colleges of pharmacy nationally for federal funding. Letendre helped shepherd the development of the state's first drug information service and worked with colleagues to establish a number of valuable new clinical partnerships.

Letendre earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky and began his academic career as assistant professor at the University of Kansas. He assumed his current post as dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and executive secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory Commission -- which is housed in the college -- in 2001.

Letendre has published widely and presents frequently on the topic of training programs in pharmacy. He is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association.

The UI College of Pharmacy, which was established in 1885, is the fourth-oldest public university pharmacy school in the country and is ranked 17th in the nation in the U.S.News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings of schools of pharmacy. Two nationally recognized service units within the college, the Division of Pharmaceutical Service and Center for Advanced Drug Development, work closely with the pharmaceutical industry to take new drugs from development through clinical trials. The Division of Drug Information Service developed the Iowa Drug Information Service over 40 years ago, and continues to distribute that service nationally and internationally. The college currently enrolls about 500 students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Michael J. Hogan, Provosts' Office, 319-335-3565,; Kris Yows, Provost's Office, 319-335-3566,; Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,