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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

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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Civitas: Everything Belongs

Mark Putnam, Central College President

There is a great deal to be learned from the questions prospective students and their parents ask.

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Civitas: Phenomenal Cosmic Power

Central College President Mark Putnam speaks to a class of incoming students.

Freeing students from the expectations of others is one of the most rewarding aspects of higher education.

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Civitas: Planning at the Speed of Change

Central College President Mark Putnam

Planning can be perilous: our assumptions about the future are rooted in the present and informed by the past.

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Civitas: It’s a Bit Messy

President Mark Putnam posing with Central College's first Engineering graduates.

President Mark Putnam discusses the path to success in the Summer 2018 issue of Civitas.

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Civitas: The Central Difference

Mark Putnam

President Mark Putnam discusses the qualities that differentiate Central College in the Spring 2018 issue of Civitas.

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Civitas: Through the Arcs of Time

President Mark Putnam discusses learning from the past to inform our future. Read Through the Arcs of Time in the 2018 winter issue of Civitas.

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Tax reforms eliminate deduction that benefits Iowa farm co-ops

President Mark Putnam commented on current tax reform proposals and how they may impact students and colleges.

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Civitas: The Skill of Adaptation

President Mark Putnam discusses how careers in the future will require flexibility, something Central students learn through experience.

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Civitas: A Community Without Borders

President Mark Putnam discusses how connections that extend through time and around the world are part Central’s tradition of community.

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