Raynard S. Kington

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Raynard S. Kington
13th President of Grinnell College
Assumed office
August 1, 2010
Preceded by Russell K. Osgood (1998-2010)
Personal details
Spouse(s) Peter T. Daniolos[1]
Alma mater University of Michigan, B.S., M.D
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Raynard S. Kington is the president of Grinnell College. He was most recently deputy director of the National Institutes of Health, and officially became the 13th president of Grinnell College on August 1, 2010.[2] Kington entered a combined B.S./M.D. program at the University of Michigan at age 16, earning his bachelor's degree when he was 19 and the M.D. at 21. He earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in health policy and economics at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

He served as deputy director of the National Institutes of Health after his appointment by director Elias Zerhouni in 2003. He briefly served as acting director of NIH from October 2008 to August 2009, until the appointment of director Francis Collins.[3] He is renowned for being the first openly gay president of Grinnell College, as well as the first black president.[4]


Kington (49), his husband, and two young sons moved with him to Grinnell, Iowa, during the summer of 2010.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b c Grinnell College. (February 17, 2010). "Grinnell announces 13th President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health Deputy Director, to lead Grinnell".
  2. ^ Chronicle of Higher Education. Ticker. (February 17, 2010 1:21 PM ET) Grinnell College Chooses Top NIH Official as Its New President.
  3. ^ Kaiser, Jocelyn. (February 17, 2010). Science "NIH Deputy Director Kington Leaving for Grinnell"
  4. ^ Grinnell College. (February 19, 2010). [1].
  5. ^ Jaschik, Scott. (February 18, 2010). Inside Higher Ed "Bold Choices"