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The Gay Man Just Named President of the Elite Grinnell College

Some four-year liberal arts schools can’t even deal with letting students form a gay-straight alliance if it mentions the word “gay.” And then there’s Iowa’s 164-year-old Grinnell College, which just named an openly gay man as its new president.

Dr. Raynard S. Kington takes over Aug. 1, after beating out some 200 other candidates considered for the post. And yes, Girnnell even mentioned Kington’s family — his child psychiatrist partner Peter Daniolos, and their two children — in their release. It makes sense, then, that Grinnell is known as the Pioneers.