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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.

Mark: My Words Archive

Managing the Presidency Through the Arc of Time

President Putnam and Leadership Team

In an article published in AGB Institute’s magazine, Central College President Mark Putnam explores the impact of continuity in a college presidency.

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Taking the Long View of the Presidency

“Stewarding a presidency is a different task … than managing a president.” Insights in higher education leadership from Central College president Mark Putnam on turnover trends among college and university CEOs.

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Relevance and Resilience

A Discussion Guide for Considering the Mission, Vision and Values of Central College

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Fall 2022 Announcements

I hope you enjoyed a fun, restful summer. You all deserved a break from your studies, homework and activities! But know this: all of us at Central College are looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2026 and having our returning students back on campus soon.

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March 2022 Announcements

The first half of this academic semester has been out of this world — literally!

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January 2022 Announcements

I hope you all have had a restful winter break full of merriment and good health with family and friends.

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December 2021 Announcements

I couldn’t let the semester end without one more message conveying how proud I am of the Central College community.

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Fall 2021 Announcements

Midterms have come and gone and it’s hard to believe just five weeks remain in the fall semester! We have a lot to celebrate from the fall semester so far …

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Central Continues to Focus on Affordability

Committed to affordability and our students’ experiences, the Central College Board of Trustees has approved our tuition, room and board price for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Welcome Back for Fall 2021

I hope this note finds you enjoying a wonderful summer as you prepare to return to campus in just a few short weeks.

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