Warren R. Madden was appointed Vice President for Business and Finance of Iowa State University in 1984 and in 2012 became the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance. During more than 50 years he served Iowa State as senior vice president, vice president, treasurer, associate vice president, assistant vice president, and contracts and grants officer, retiring in 2016.
In this capacity, he was responsible for a wide range of programs involving business and fiscal affairs of the university and was heavily involved in the administration and presentation of fiscal and business issues to the university community, state and national government, community groups and individuals.
As Senior Vice President for Business and Finance, he was responsible for the university's accounting, investments, payroll, facilities planning and management, purchasing, public safety, environmental health and safety, risk management, and university museum operations as well as the Iowa State Center and Reiman Gardens. He served on the boards of a number of affiliated university organizations. During this period the university's enrollment more than doubled, and the budget has increased to over 1.4 billion dollars, the campus grew to more than 14 million square feet of space and 11,500 acres of land under university oversight. He served as the principal negotiator and administrator of the Ames Laboratory Department of Energy contract with the university.
He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1966 he was with Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) Company in a number of engineering and management positions.