Kerry LaPlante

Kerry LaPlante, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, FIDP
Dean of the College of Pharmacy
University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is enhancing the physical and mental health of individuals and communities locally and globally through its faculty expertise, academic programs, research, and partnerships.

URI—the state of Rhode Island’s flagship public research university—is pleased to welcome three nationally respected leaders in education and health care as newly appointed deans of the Colleges of Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Nursing, — Kerry LaPlante, dean of pharmacy; Patrick Vivier, dean of health sciences; and Danny Willis, dean of nursing.

URI faculty, clinicians, and researchers engage in interdisciplinary work to educate thoughtful, skilled health professionals who understand the multifaceted aspects of caring for communities and keeping them healthy.

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As an internationally recognized expert in antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases, Kerry LaPlante is the first female dean of the College of Pharmacy. She joined URI in 2004 as associate professor of pharmacy, rising to full tenured professor in 2015. She was named pharmacy practice chair in 2020, and has played a prominent role in expanding and enhancing the college’s research program, which is ranked among the top 10 percent in funding among pharmacy colleges in the nation. URI boasts the leading pharmacy school in New England in terms of research funding. 

Kerry LaPlante, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, FIDP

EDUCATION Doctor of Pharmacy, Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Bachelor’s degree, Canisius University