Published Writings

President Mark Putnam has been published in three countries including China and Mexico and in major markets in the United States through The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Chicago Tribune, Change Magazine, The Des Moines Register, The Sport Digest,, The Cedar Rapids Gazette and more.

Unleashing Our Creativity

President Mark Putnam talks about Central’s role and why it’s important to educate students into creativity in the spring 2014 issue of Civitas.

Academic Excellence in Action

President Mark Putnam addresses the excellence of integrating theory into practice at Central College in the winter 2014 issue of Civitas.

Don’t Jump Off the Sled

President Mark Putnam’s piece, Don’t Jump Off the Sled, appeared in the Mason City Globe Gazette, Dec. 25, 2013. Read more.

A Better Iowa

Mark Putnam is a featured writer for The Des Moines Register’s A Better Iowa. His essays from May 2012-present can be found by clicking into the link above.

Civitas: The Power of Commitment

President Mark Putnam addresses the Power of Commitment in the Central College family, over time and in its partnerships in the fall 2014 issue of Civitas.

Civitas: The Power of Experience

President Mark Putnam speaks to the Central College experience in the summer 2013 issue of Civitas.

Inside Higher Ed

President Mark Putnam was published in Inside Higher Ed, on the home page and in the career advice section of the nationally known news site, Aug. 21, 2013. Journey to the Presidency offers advice to those considering candidacy by shedding light on the realities of a college presidency. Across the ever-changing landscape of higher education, those not as close to the president’s office or a college campus will take interest in the Journey to the Presidency as it shares an insider’s view to the weight carried and preparation needed for success.

IHE is an online news source covering news, opinion and higher education career postings, with 1.2 million readers a month.

Inside Higher Ed

Repacking Your Bags

President Mark Putnam’s piece entitled “Repacking Your Bags” appeared Aug. 14 in the Dyersville Commercial and in the Cascade Pioneer.

Book Review for The Department Chair

President Mark Putnam wrote a book review for Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education: A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions by Robert M. Hendrickson, James E. Lane, James T. Harris III, and Richard H. Dorman, Stylus, 2013. The review was published in The Department Chair, summer 2013, Vol. 24, No. 1.

COMMENTARY: Humanities are important to human understanding

Published in the Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, July 3, 2013.

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