Karen Tumlinson, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at Central College

President Putnam Appoints Karen Tumlinson as Central’s VPFA/Treasurer

Central College President Mark Putnam has announced his appointment of Karen Tumlinson as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the college.


Barbara Little Butler ’58

Former Longtime Central Employee Dies

Barbara Little Butler ’58, a longtime former Central College staff member and active in both the Central and Pella communities, died March 12, 2022, in Pella, Iowa.


Central College President Emeritus Ken Weller

President Emeritus Ken Weller Dies

One of the most transformative and widely respected figures in Central College history, Kenneth Jay Weller, guided the school through a period of unprecedented growth as president from 1969-90.


Clothing on display as part of the "What Were You Wearing" exhibition.

“What Were You Wearing” Exhibit to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness

The Central College Art Program and Central’s Students Against Sexual Assault are sponsoring an installation entitled “What Were You Wearing.” The exhibition runs March 2-10.


Raja Chari aboard the International Space Station, posing with a Central College pennant.

UPDATE: Central Hosts Event Featuring NASA Commander Raja Chari

The Central College community will present “Space Station Central” on Thursday, Feb. 24, featuring NASA commander Raja Chari who is currently aboard the International Space Station. The event will also be livestreamed via the Central Dutch Network.


Colorful poster for the Central College Opera Scenes event, which includes event time and date. Feb. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. in Douwstra Auditorium.

Central College Students to Present Opera Scenes Feb. 25 and 26

The Central College Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a concert of opera scenes on both Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26.


Central College 53-Mile Challenge logo

Central Hosts 53-Mile Challenge

Central College students, employees, alumni, family and friends are invited to participate in the 53-Mile Challenge from March 1 to April 12.


A Central College student-athlete lifting weights.

NSCA Recognizes Central College’s Personal Training Program

Central College’s personal training program, part of the kinesiology major, has been approved by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program.


Dean Furness '94

Central Graduate Dean Furness Named 2022 Commencement Speaker

Dean Furness, a 1994 Central College graduate, will speak at the college’s Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.


Central College Top Stories 2021 graphic

Central’s Top Stories of 2021

Central College had a lot to celebrate in 2021. As we look ahead to a new year with optimism and purpose, we look back at some of the most impactful Central stories of 2021.