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Presidential Search

Grinnell College is engaged in the search process for its 14th president. After nearly a decade as president, Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. will be leaving the College at the end of the academic year in order to become the new Head of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

For additional information, you can read the Presidential Transition Announcement and an update about the Presidential Search Process from Board of Trustees Chair David Maxwell. A Search Committee has been formed, and Isaacson, Miller has been retained to assist with identifying and recruiting candidates for President Kington’s successor.

The Search Committee worked in collaboration with the Isaacson, Miller search consulting team to solicit input from a wide range of Grinnell constituents, including staff, faculty, and students, about what Grinnellians hope the next president will do/accomplish, aspirations for the College, and how Grinnell might evolve under new presidential leadership in the coming years. That input was used to create the position profile, now available on both Grinnell’s and Isaacson, Miller’s websites, shared with prospective candidates early in the search.

If you have feedback, we have created a presidential search email address where you can send comments: presidentialsearch@grinnell.edu. Comments sent to this email will be shared confidentially with members of the Presidential Search Committee and Isaacson, Miller.

Apply/Nominate

From this webpage, individuals can apply, submit a nomination, or contact Isaacson, Miller with questions or comments.

Latest Updates

Presidential Search Update May 2020

Despite the complexities of the process due to of the pandemic, the opportunity to lead Grinnell has attracted a strong and diverse pool of candidates who are drawn to the College's excellent reputation and impressive trajectory.

Presidential Transition Update

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Anne Harris was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees to be Acting President, effective July 1 and continuing until Grinnell’s 14th president is on the job.

Presidential Search Update: Position Profile Approved

The Grinnell Presidential Search Committee recently reviewed and approved the position profile drafted in consultation with the Isaacson, Miller team.

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