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When Visions of Mission Collide, Inside Higher Ed, December 20, 2018

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in NIH Funding, Scientific American, November 28, 2018

In Support of Fellow Truth Tellers, Inside Higher Ed, September 24, 2018

How One College Leader Knows When It’s OK to Speak Out — or Keep Mum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1, 2018

A Gay, African-American Urbanite Finds a Home in Rural Iowa, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 23, 2018

Following My Mind, Michigan Alumnus, Summer 2018

#MeToo is a wakeup call: We need to talk to youth about sexual health and ethics, Salon, February 17, 2018

The Long Tail of Jim Crow, Salon, October 29, 2017

Creative Ways to Help Students Recover from Failure, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 23, 2017

A Scientist Speaks for the Arts and Humanities, Inside Higher Ed, March 20, 2017

Immigrants' Success is Ultimately our Country’s Success, Des Moines Register, February 16, 2017

College President: Schools Can't Be Blue Islands in Red States, The Washington Post, December 23, 2016

I'm Gay and African American. As a Dad, I Still Have It Easier than Working Moms, Washington Post, November 3, 2016

Creating a Community of Scholars and Change Agents for Higher Education, AGB Newsletter, September 30, 2016 (link no longer available)

Obama's Imprint on Higher Ed: Responses: Invest in Evidence. Chronicle of Higher Education. September 25, 2016

Eliminating “have” and “have not” categories on the Iowa prairie and beyond, Hechinger Report, May 3, 2016

Make Admissions at Elite Colleges ‘Access Aware’Chronicle of Higher Education, November 24, 2014

The Missing FactorInside Higher Ed, May 8, 2014

A Cost-Control Lesson From an Unlikely SourceChronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2014

Can You Apply 'Pay for Performance' to Higher Education?Huffington Post, February 4, 2014

Iowa View: A Family’s Dream, A Nation’s Dream, Des Moines Register, May 28, 2013 (link no longer available)

Opinion: On Being an "African American Scientist"Scientist, March 5, 2013

Academic Redshirting—Give Them a Little More TimeBaltimore Sun, April 2, 2012

Building a Better Physician—The Case for the New MCATNew England Journal of Medicine, April 5, 2012

Are Car Loans, College Loans So Different?Washington Post, February 28, 2012

Stop this terrible waste of scientific talentNew Scientist, August 24, 2011

The Role of Liberal Arts Colleges in Advancing Positive Social ChangeHuffington Post, March 23, 2011, updated May 25, 2011

Media Mentions

As Humanities Majors Decline, Colleges Try to Hype Up Their Programs, The Atlantic, November 1, 2018

The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here's What Higher Ed Can Do About It, The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 14, 2018

Republican Tax Plan Hurts Colleges in Blue States Most, Bloomberg News, January 10, 2018

Tax-Law Spat Over a Kentucky College Prompts Charges of Favoritism, Wall Street Journal, January 2, 2018

Extend the Exemption for the Endowment Tax by David Gerard '90, mentions President Kington and his NPR interview, Inside Higher Ed, December 12, 2017

Endowment Tax Affecting Republican Districts with GOP Support, Center for Responsive Politics, December 8, 2017

Colleges mobilize to fight House GOP’s proposed endowment tax, The Washington Post,
November 8, 2017

Grinnell College Students Hold Sit-In to Demand Divestment in Fossil Fuels, The Des Moines Register, February 5, 2017

Presidents' Message to President-Elect, Inside Higher Ed, November 18, 2016

The Justices' Questions on Affirmative Action, Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 10, 2015

Justice Scalia: Aspiring black scientists may do better in ‘lesser schools’, STAT, Dec. 9, 2015

Iowa Embraces Grinnell's Gay Black President, Wisconsin Gazette, December 5, 2010

For Grinnell's New President, Tense Negotiations Over Sheet Cake, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2010

Black, Openly Gay President for Grinnell College, Advocate, February 18, 2010

Grinnell Chooses New President, The New York Times, February 18, 2010

NIH Deputy Director Kington Leaving for Grinnell, Science, February 17, 2010


Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, University of Iowa Health Care, YouTube, Jan. 23, 2019

Charge to the Graduates, Benediction, and Recessional, Grinnell College Commencement, YouTube, May 22, 2017

Charge to the Graduates, Benediction, and Recessional, Grinnell College Commencement, YouTube, May 23, 2016

Tuesday Lunch Keynote by Raynard S. Kington, annual meeting of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association Inc., YouTube, October 22, 2015

Charge to the Graduates, Grinnell College Commencement, YouTube, May 19, 2015

Charge to the Graduates, Grinnell College Commencement, YouTube, May 22, 2014

Raynard Kington's Career Narrative Lecture, the University of Pennsylvania, jointly sponsored by the Wharton School and the School of Medicine, YouTube, November 18, 2013

Raynard Kington at Winter 2012 Commencement, University of Michigan, YouTube, December 18, 2012

Who is a Superhero? TEDxYouth@Des Moines, YouTube, May 28, 2012

Charge to the Graduates, Grinnell College Commencement 2012, YouTube, May 25, 2012

Introduction to Strategic Planning with President Kington, YouTube, September 14, 2011

Kington Inauguration Speech Part 1 and Part 2, YouTube, June 8, 2011

Health Disparities in the United States, Chicago Humanities Festival, YouTube, January 7, 2011

Grinnell College Introduces New President, YouTube, February 17, 2010

Audio Interviews

To Tax Or Not To Tax University Endowments, National Public Radio, November 19, 2017

Raynard S. Kington interview as part of series of back-to-school interviews with presidents of Iowa colleges and universities, "River to River" talk show, Iowa Public Radio, August 29, 2017 (Note interview follows story about unpaid school lunch debts)

A Great Grandson of Slaves Leads Grinnell College, Iowa Public Radio, October 10, 2014

Defending the Liberal Arts College, Inside Higher Ed, January 4, 2011

From the NIH to the HeartlandInside Higher Ed, January 3, 2011

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