Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., will open the 2010-11 academic year with a Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus.

Kington, who joined Grinnell Aug. 21 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will discuss “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health in the U.S.: Patterns, Causes, Trends,” reviewing the scientific evidence on racial and ethnic disparities and the challenges for intervention.

In February, Grinnell trustees announced Kington’s appointment as the 13th president of the college to succeed Russell K. Osgood, who retired after 12 years as president. Kington previously served as deputy director of NIH, where he led policy direction and coordination of biomedical research and training programs at 27 research centers and institutes.

Prior to NIH, Kington was 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 to assess the health of the American people. He has also served as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation, co-director of the Charles R. Drew University/RAND Center on Health and Aging, assistant professor of medicine at UCLA, and as visiting associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Kington’s opening lecture is part of Grinnell’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.