In the News

You’ll find coverage of President Mark Putnam in a variety of places. From radio to podcasts to newspapers and magazines, people in Pella, Iowa, Washington, D.C., Mexico and around the world have all taken interest.

In Depth: Central President Mark Putnam on Education Reform

KNIA/KRLS, March 16, 2012

President Putnam was featured in an interview with Dr. Bob Leonard on KNIA/KRLS.


Leaders on Thinking

Leaders on Thinking blog, Feb. 23, 2012

President Putnam was interviewed for the Leaders on Thinking blog. See excerpts


APPA Thought Leaders Series

APPA Thought Leaders Series, 2011

President Putnam was invited to participate in the APPA Thought Leaders Series. Read the report, Workplace Demographics and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities to the Campus Mission, Including the Top Facilities Issues.


Elevating the Discourse

Published in dsm, February, March, April 2012

Read about President Mark Putnam and Central College in the Faces of Education section with profiles of the catalysts for our colleges, universities and schools.

2012 Faces of Education


Course Correction: An Altered Economic Reality Means Institutional Leaders Must Operate Differently

Writer John Pulley interviewed Mark Putnam for the February 2012 issue of CASE Currents.

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A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future

Mark Putnam participated in this round table of The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement in Washington, D.C., in 2011. Read the 2012 report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, on the website of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


President Barack Obama on Higher Education Marketing?

President Mark Putnam is featured in this Stamats blog about President Barack Obama and higher education. Read more


The State of the (Higher Ed) Union

SourceLink blog

If you didn’t watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night and you work in higher ed, hang on to your hat… and your wallet.  You’re in for a roller coaster ride.  Most politicians can straddle a fence rather deftly.  The President delivered a powerful speech, with higher education clearly falling on both sides of the fence.
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When Institutions Become More Important Than People

As a nation, we’ve been shocked by the news coming out of Penn State the past 10 days. Ironic that “Happy Valley” should be the epicenter of a scandal that defies belief and shows a horrific side of human nature, and a horrific side him big-time college sports. Children were sacrificed at the alter of big-time athletics, while officials turned a blind eye to a monster in its midst… Read more


Iowa Campus Compact

Dr. Mark Putnam became Central College’s 21st president July 1, 2010. Putnam previously served as senior vice president for executive affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where he had a succession of leadership roles for 10 years.

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