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I’ve pinned a bumper sticker on the bulletin board over my desk in Nollen house that says “Choose Civility.” I posted it (a gift from two members of the Grinnell family!) to remind myself and others that civility is a choice. It is an especially important choice to make in a...
Since we are still just beginning to know one another and to work together, I think it’s only fair that you have some idea of what I value when making decisions. At an all-campus meeting on Sept. 20, I shared my belief in: Fairness. Fairness is my guiding decision-making...
  In a series of meetings I have had last year with the larger Grinnell family — including open office hours, lunches with faculty and administrators, and conversations with students — the single most popular question has been some variation of “What is the College doing about...
  The Wall Street Journal - New York, NY, United States - 5/6/2009 Read the article. Read President Osgood's essay.
  The more times change, the more times demand — and reward — thoughtful innovation. Here are some thoughts on three innovative new steps we’re taking to better position the College for the future. Defining our identity in new ways On Nov. 29, we announced the creation of the...
  The more times change, the more times demand — and reward — thoughtful innovation. Here are some thoughts on three innovative new steps we’re taking to better position the College for the future. Defining our identity in new ways On Nov. 29, we announced the creation of the...
February 16, 2010 Dear Grinnellians, On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am very pleased to invite you to join us for the announcement and introduction of Grinnell’s 13th President. The announcement will take place in Herrick Chapel at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday February...
President Raynard Kington is pleased to announce that Kate Walker will be the next vice president of finance and treasurer of Grinnell College. Walker is currently the assistant vice president of finance for Macalester College, and she will begin work at Grinnell on October 21,...
  Grinnell’s 13th president will be introduced to the campus community on Wed., Feb. 17. David White ’90, chair of the Board of Trustees, sent an announcement to students, faculty, and staff about the pending announcement, which will be made at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in Herrick...
  Grinnell’s 13th president will be introduced to the campus community on Wed., Feb. 17. David White ’90, chair of the Board of Trustees, sent an announcement to students, faculty, and staff about the pending announcement, which will be made at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in Herrick...
  "I have asked that this kick-off also be the occasion for affirming publicly Grinnell College’s commitment to sustainability and to respectfully honoring the natural resources and life that we have inherited and with which we co-exist. This spring, the college formed the...
  Dear Fellow Grinnellians, On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce that Raynard S. Kington, M.D, M.B.A., Ph.D., the deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a leading scientific researcher on the role of social factors as...
President Raynard S. Kington presented the State of the College in a Scholars' Convocation at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Rosenfield Center 101. Speech Script   Presidential ConvocationPresident Raynard S. Kington, Grinnell CollegeWednesday, October 16, 2013   Grinnell’s Big...
  Posted by:  Raynard S. Kington Alas, the ranking season is upon us once again. Colleges and universities across the country are ranked on everything from food to politics, from sustainability to hipster-ness, from rigor to partying. Newspapers, magazines, online postings...
  Posted by:  Raynard S. Kington Alas, the ranking season is upon us once again. Colleges and universities across the country are ranked on everything from food to politics, from sustainability to hipster-ness, from rigor to partying. Newspapers, magazines, online postings...
Posted by: Raynard S. Kington I want to do everything I can to ensure good communication on campus. My first choice is always to meet and talk with you all in person, with time for some questions on your part and some listening on my part. But I realize 1) we can’t always do...
Posted by: Raynard S. Kington I want to do everything I can to ensure good communication on campus. My first choice is always to meet and talk with you all in person, with time for some questions on your part and some listening on my part. But I realize 1) we can’t always do...

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Who: Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., available to comment on New England Journal of Medicine article released today: “Building a Better Physician — The Case for the New MCAT”   What: The case for evaluating the behavioral and social sciences in...

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Grinnell College’s trustees assure the “great and lasting good” of the College through institutional stewardship, financial investment, and prudent management. The board consists of not less than 16 and not more than 32 regular members; at least one-fourth of them are alumni....
The Investment Committee shall be responsible for maintaining a policy of prudent investment in stocks, bonds, real assets, non-marketable securities such as private placements and limited partnerships, and other similar financial instruments, interests and/or securities,...
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...

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