February 16, 2010
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 17, 2010. An informal reception is also scheduled from 4:05 to 5:00 p.m. in the Bucksbaum Rotunda Wednesday afternoon.
This is an exciting moment in our College’s history and I look forward to seeing you there.
David White ‘90 Chair of the Board of Trustees
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 determinants of health, will become Grinnell College’s 13th president on August 1, 2010. He will succeed Russell K. Osgood, who has ably served as Grinnell’s president for 12 years and announced his retirement in May of 2009.
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 Chapel. An informal reception with the newly named president is scheduled from 4:05 to 5:00 p.m. in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts rotunda Wednesday afternoon.
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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 principle. And really, it’s a social justice issue. What we’ve worked for and continue to work for in this country is not so much this Supreme Court decision or that constitutional amendment.
Grinnell, IA - 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 medical entrance exams and education
- Kington is co-author of an article that supports changes in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) by 2015 to include evaluation of knowledge in the behavioral and social sciences and critical analysis and reasoning.
- It is not enough for physicians to understand “hard” sciences like anatomy or pathology. Today’s doctors need to understand the role of behavioral and social factors in wellness and outcomes. For example, how can a patient from a high-crime neighborhood get exercise to manage diabetes?
- Health behaviors and social circumstances help explain a substantial portion of life expectancy differences among groups defined by income, race, sex, or age.
- The proposed revisions to the MCAT recognize that physicians need foundational knowledge in the behavioral and social sciences similar to that expected in the basic sciences.
- Kington can address the ties between social factors and physical health; issues of social justice and wellness; and the importance of broad-based preparation for aspiring physicians.
- He previously served at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including as 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 (NHANES), one of the nation's largest studies assessing the health of the American people.
Contact: To interview Raynard Kington, Grinnell College, contact Jim Reische, communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 641-269-3404; to interview co-author Robert M. Kaplan, NIH, contact Ann Benner, email@example.com, 301-594-4574; to interview co-author Jason Satterfield, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.