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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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Central, we have a heart for others. This shared characteristic continues to be more important than ever.

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A Culture of Inclusion

Central College is investing time and resources on diversity, equity and belonging in an effort to help the college community deepen its understanding and knowledge of racism and its impact on life and culture.

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A Time for Reflection

In response to events at the U.S. Capitol, we are called to personal and collective reflection.

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Return to Campus Health Initiative

Over the past two months, we have been busy preparing for the arrival of our students on campus in August. The college has engaged in significant research and effort with the goal to help Central resume our mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders with maximum safety.

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President Mark Putnam Featured on STEM Podcast

STEM Essential podcast

Central College President Mark Putnam joined the STEM Essential podcast to discuss the importance of STEM in higher education.

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We Must Do More

We must all do our part to advance the kind of community that will represent Central’s deepest values.

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Civitas: We’ve (Almost) Been Through This Before

Central College President Mark Putnam

Central has weathered much in its 167-year history.

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Civitas: A Faculty Is a Learning Community

Central College President Mark Putnam smiles during the annual Endowed Chairs Conference.

At Central, we are blessed with a remarkable faculty.

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Civitas: Leading With Our Values

Left to right: Mark Putnam, president; Keith Jones, Mark and Kay DeCook Endowed Chair in Character and Leadership Development and professor of psychology; Anne Williamson ’20; and Parker Majerus ’20 field questions from the media at a news conference announcing Central’s new annual tuition price.

Central College’s values are part of what drew me to the college nearly a decade ago.

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Civitas: Curating an Education

President Mark Putnam

One of my happy tasks each year is to write letters of recommendation for seniors.

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