Prominent Des Moines entrepreneur and business innovator Tej Dhawan has been named vice-chair/chair-elect of the Central College Board of Trustees. Dhawan will succeed current board chair Lanny Little July 1, 2018. Over the next year, he’ll work closely with Little and with Central president Mark Putnam in leading the board.
A 1991 Central graduate, Dhawan was student body president as an undergrad and joined the trustees in 2002 after six years of service on the college’s National Advisory Council. Dhawan served as the board’s Finance Committee chair from 2009-12 and has served on board committees for student life, student development, executive compensation, investment and trusteeship, as well as the executive committee. He was also a board representative on the presidential search committee that brought Putnam to Central in 2010.
“The amount of service to the college and number of leadership roles Tej has already filled is really impressive for a young alumnus,” Putnam says. “He has a deep, abiding commitment to Central and carries the right mindset to fulfill the role of the chair, cherishing the proud traditions of our past while reaching for innovations that will help the college thrive in the future.”
Little has served as chair since 2011 and joined the trustees in 1987.