Administration

Leadership

Grinnell leadership respects the traditions of the past and is responsive to the needs of current and future students.

Our leadership does not work in a vacuum. Grinnell has a well-earned reputation for open, transparent, respectful discussions about campus issues. Town hall meetings bring together students faculty and the administration to discuss campus wide topics of interest, and strategic plans reflect input from the campus and alumni community.

Kate Walker Selected as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of the College

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, 2013.

Walker will succeed Grinnell Vice President and Treasurer Karen Voss, who has for some time been planning her retirement. Voss will assist with the orientation and transition process.

Board of Trustees

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. All trustees are elected by the board, which meets formally in winter, spring, and fall. Special board meetings may be called at any time.

Core Values

Excellence in Education for Students in the Liberal Arts

  • varied forms of learning, in and out of the classroom and beyond the campus
  • creative and critical thinking stimulated by the free, open exchange of ideas
  • education that reflects on its own process
  • excellent teaching as the highest priority of the faculty
  • active scholarship in traditional and interdisciplinary fields
  • need-blind admission of students with strong academic potential

A Diverse Community

Mission Statement

When Grinnell College framed its charter in the Iowa Territory of the United States in 1846, it set forth a mission to educate its students "for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life." The College pursues that mission by providing an education in the liberal arts through free inquiry and the open exchange of ideas. As a teaching and learning community, the College holds that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large.

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