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

Careers in the future will require flexibility, something Central students learn through experience.

The Skill of Adaptation

Careers in the future will require flexibility, something Central students learn through experience.

Nov 15, 2017

New graduates exchange alumni pins during 2017 commencement.

A Community Without Borders

Connections that extend through time and around the world are part Central’s tradition of community.

Aug 17, 2017

During the March 22 commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to campus, president Mark Putnam spoke on the legacy of open inquiry.

Adding Light

Ensuring the legacy of open inquiry on campus.

May 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

Central’s 1981 English faculty included Jonathan Pierce, Mildred Steele, Maxine Huffman, Mary Stark and Jim Graham.

The Relational Giants of Central College

Relationships are a key part of what makes the Central experience unique.

Feb 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

Streams of Blessing

Central’s values endure through the years, including a commitment to opportunity for all students.

Nov 15, 2016

A scene from the groundbreaking ceremony for the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium renovation.

The Test of Time

On Central’s campus, tradition lives hand-in-hand with innovation.

Aug 15, 2016

Central College students

Shared Success

Everyone associated with Central wants to be engaged with a community that fosters a strong sense of belonging.

May 18, 2016

A Once in a Generation Opportunity

A new initiative embraces the legacy of Central’s athletics tradition.

Feb 22, 2016

The Highly Engaged Learner

How should we define “academic excellence?”

Nov 16, 2015

STEM in the Context of the Liberal Arts

STEM literacy is one goal of a liberal arts education.

Aug 18, 2015

Asking Better Questions

Great questions yield answers that in turn help us ask even better questions.

May 18, 2015

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