Dr. Raynard S. Kington was appointed president of Grinnell College in August 2010.
Before coming to Grinnell, he served in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including NIH principal deputy director and NIH acting director, NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research, and acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to NIH, he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one of the nation’s largest studies assessing the health of the American people.
He has been a senior scientist at RAND Corp., was the co-director of the Charles R. Drew University/RAND Center on Health and Aging, and has served as an assistant professor of medicine at University of California-Los Angeles. He was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2006, serving as the chair of the Section on Administration of Health Services, Education, and Research through 2010.
President Kington attended the University of Michigan, where he received his B.S. with distinction and his M.D. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He was then appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his M.B.A. with distinction and his Ph.D. with a concentration in health policy and economics at the Wharton School and was awarded a Fontaine Fellowship. He is board-certified in internal medicine and public health and preventive medicine.
President Kington values an inclusive management style and clear, thoughtful, and fair decision-making processes. His personal and professional lives are rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility, and a priority for his tenure as president is to strengthen the connection between academic excellence in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social studies and our graduates’ ability to go into the world and transform it.