Central College President Mark Putnam


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Presidential Service

Mark is active in local, regional and national efforts to advance education, including the college’s priorities, and promote economic and community development. He has been Central's president since 2010.

  • Executive committee of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance
  • Executive committee of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Iowa Campus Compact
  • Iowa College Foundation
  • Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
  • NCAA Division III
  • Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance
  • Student aid committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
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