25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner
E. PAUL LARRAT | Dean of College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island
E. PAUL LARRAT MADE a steady climb to the top of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island.
Growing up, he watched his aunt and uncle run a pharmacy, and his interest was piqued. So that’s what he studied when he attended the University of Rhode Island, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1982.
That was just the start.
He soon became interested in business. “I enjoyed managing things, and trying to make things grow,” he said. He earned his MBA at URI in 1984, then obtained a master’s degree in pharmacy administration four years later. He also wanted to give academia a try, so he earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in epidemiology in 1992, and became an assistant professor of epidemiology at URI.
After appointments as associate professor and professor of epidemiology, Larrat was named associate dean of the College of Pharmacy in 2001. He oversaw the growth in funded college research from less than $2 million a year to more than $11 million. He also co-chaired the committee that designed and oversaw construction of the $75 million pharmacy building. In 2004, he was selected as a NASA fellow.
During his tenure as dean, which started in 2013, URI’s pharmacy program has attained “top 25” status in most quality metrics among U.S. schools.
“The quality of the education here is top-notch,” Larrat said. “It’s a really collaborative and supportive environment here. The students aren’t competing against each other, they’re helping each other, they’re part of a team … we’ve created that type of atmosphere.”
Larrat’s favorite part of the job is interacting with a variety of people. “I love dealing with the students, working with them as colleagues, and I love getting out into the community, seeing my alumni, seeing professionals from other disciplines. I think it’s about being with people, if you boil it down.”
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