Leadership & Governance

New President Introduces Himself With Blog Post About Oil Spill

Central College—Pella, Iowa

Mark Putnam
October 07, 2010

Last July, Mark L. Putnam left a decade-long career at Northeastern University, in Boston, for a much different kind of leadership post. For his first job as a campus president he sought out Central College, a religiously affiliated institution with about 1,500 students in a town of just 10,000 in southeastern Iowa. And like so many presidents, Mr. Putnam began writing a blog. Unlike many presidents, however, Mr. Putnam's first post, about ways he said he and the rest of society shared responsibility for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, elicited nearly 140 comments from across the political spectrum.