You’ll find coverage of President Mark Putnam in a variety of places. From radio to podcasts to newspapers and magazines, people in Pella, Iowa, Washington, D.C., Mexico and around the world have all taken interest.
Mark Putnam participated in this round table of The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in Washington, D.C., in 2011. Read the 2012 report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, on the website of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
If you didn’t watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night and you work in higher ed, hang on to your hat… and your wallet. You’re in for a roller coaster ride. Most politicians can straddle a fence rather deftly. The President delivered a powerful speech, with higher education clearly falling on both sides of the fence.
As a nation, we’ve been shocked by the news coming out of Penn State the past 10 days. Ironic that “Happy Valley” should be the epicenter of a scandal that defies belief and shows a horrific side of human nature, and a horrific side him big-time college sports.
Dr. Mark Putnam became Central College’s 21st president July 1, 2010. Putnam previously served as senior vice president for executive affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where he had a succession of leadership roles for 10 years.
There are certain seasons in the life of an academic community when it is timely to think about what matters most. The beginning of a new presidency offers a fresh opportunity to consider direction, clarify purpose and ensure the best possible outcomes for the college and its students. President Mark Putnam plans to make the most of it by cultivating the fertile soil of the institution to create new ideas, finding ways to innovate and sustain the upward growth of Central College.
I had the honor of serving the new president of Central College and his family their first poffertjes at their Tulip Time debut. If you haven’t heard of poffertjes, they’re the Dutch mini-pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar. Top them with strawberries and whipped cream, if you like.
For the first time ever, all three presidents of the RCA’s colleges–Northwestern, Central, and Hope–visited New York together with members of their admissions staff. They met with RCA members there to strengthen partnerships and generate interest in the colleges among RCA youth in eastern churches.