tulips in front of gates-rawson tower


Dr. Raynard S. Kington was appointed President of Grinnell College in August, 2010. Prior to 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 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. He has been a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine -- NAM) of the National Academies of Science in 2006. He currently serves on the Governing Council of the NAM, on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad), and on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging/NIH.

Dr. Kington attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. with distinction and his M.D.. He subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He was then appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his M.B.A. with distinction and his Ph.D. with a concentration in Health Policy and Economics at the Wharton School and was awarded a Fontaine Fellowship. He also completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine. He received his board certification in Internal Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine. His research has focused on the social determinants of health and more recently on diversity in the scientific workforce.

Dr. Kington values a commitment to strategic and inclusive leadership and clear, thoughtful, and fair decision-making processes. His personal and professional lives are rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility. During his time as president, he has stimulated a culture of ongoing strategic planning, encouraging campus collaboration on issues such as accessibility, diversity, global education, and technology. Recognizing the importance of innovation and social entrepreneurship, he has supported numerous efforts to encourage a pioneering mindset in the campus community, including the Grinnell Prize and the Innovation Fund. His commitment to providing opportunities for students to connect their classroom and co-curricular learning has helped students unite their academic goals with their post-graduate aspirations. Under his leadership, the College has also begun a new phase of campus renewal that will provide Grinnell students with the best of 21st century teaching and learning opportunities, including a new $100M complex for the humanities and social sciences. He is also preparing the college for its first capital campaign in 20 years.

Dr. Kington is married to Dr. Peter Daniolos, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. They have two sons, Emerson and Basil.

Department Information

(641) 269-4473

Nollen House
1121 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States