Central College President Mark Putnam

Finding Another Gear

We’ve all used the phrase “I’m stuck” when we’re met with a problem we don’t know how to solve. This past year has taught me a lot about getting unstuck and finding another gear.

Oct 15, 2021

Mark Putnam and several Central Dutch student-athletes.

Champions in Life

During a recent conversation with our director of athletics, Eric Van Kley, I was reminded about the deepest values we hold with respect to intercollegiate athletics.

Jul 15, 2021

That’s Inspiring

A few weeks ago, I was asked, “What inspires you?” My immediate response was, “Probably not what you think.”

Apr 7, 2021

President Mark Putnam greets students during Welcome Week in August 2020 with enthusiasm for learning and safety measures for navigating campus during the pandemic.

It’s Complicated

The advance of technological innovation and globalization are yielding greater societal complexity. At the same time some things seem easier for the same reason. Suffice it to say … it’s complicated.

Jan 15, 2021

President Mark Putnam and a 2020 Central graduate.

Resilience in Challenging Times

Central College turns to resilience in an ever-changing world of uncertainty.

Nov 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

Central College President Mark Putnam

We’ve (Almost) Been Through This Before

Central has weathered much in its 167-year history.

May 20, 2020

Central College President Mark Putnam smiles during the annual Endowed Chairs Conference.

A Faculty Is a Learning Community

At Central, we are blessed with a remarkable faculty.

Feb 14, 2020

Left to right: Mark Putnam, president; Keith Jones, Mark and Kay DeCook Endowed Chair in Character and Leadership Development and professor of psychology; Anne Williamson ’20; and Parker Majerus ’20 field questions from the media at a news conference announcing Central’s new annual tuition price.

Leading With Our Values

Central College’s values are part of what drew me to the college nearly a decade ago.

Nov 15, 2019

President Mark Putnam

Curating an Education

One of my happy tasks each year is to write letters of recommendation for seniors.

Aug 15, 2019

Mark Putnam, Central College President

Everything Belongs

There is a great deal to be learned from the questions prospective students and their parents ask.

May 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

Central College President Mark Putnam speaking to a class of incoming students.

Phenomenal Cosmic Power

Freeing students from the expectations of others is one of the most rewarding aspects of higher education.

Feb 8, 2019

Central College President Mark Putnam

Planning at the Speed of Change

Planning can be perilous: our assumptions about the future are rooted in the present and informed by the past.

Nov 27, 2018

Central College President Mark Putnam poses for a photo with the first two graduates of Central's engineering program.

It’s a Bit Messy

The path to success can get a bit messy. But that’s OK. It’s part of the journey.

Aug 14, 2018

Mark Putnam, Central College President

The Central Difference

It’s always a unique privilege to see guests in our midst who have no prior experience with the college.

May 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

Students walk near the former library (now Lubbers Center for Visual Arts) in the early 1960s.

Through the Arcs of Time

Seen through arcs of time, our great institutions have evolved gradually for a very good reason—in higher education, we tend to protect that which matters most.

Feb 19, 2018

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