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Raynard Kington
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Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., began his tenure as the 13th President of Grinnell College in August, 2010. The former deputy director and acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Kington has brought a fresh perspective to the academic world of liberal arts colleges. President Kington attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.S. with distinction and his M.D. He completed his M.B.A. with distinction and Ph.D. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2006. Dr. Kington has served as an assistant professor of medicine at UCLA and as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to coming to NIH, he directed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest studies of the health of the population of the United States.

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Can You Apply 'Pay for Performance' to Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 3:36 PM

The Obama administration's efforts to implement policies to address access and cost issues in higher education are well-intended. Yet in truth, they put the cart before the horse. Many of these ideas are drawn from the health policy world, and a significant amount of work must be done first to...

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The Role of Liberal Arts Colleges in Advancing Positive Social Change

(71) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 6:07 PM

The economic conditions of the past two years have fostered the belief that colleges should produce business-ready graduates. That has put liberal arts colleges on the defensive, with many people questioning the practical value of spending four years in an 'ivory tower' educational setting.

In response, the leaders of many...

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