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Presidential Panelists:

Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President, CSU San Marcos

Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, President, CSU Chico

Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Superintendent/President, Palomar College


Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder


Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President, CSU San Marcos

President Haynes

Dr. Karen Haynes’ commitment to women’s issues began during her undergraduate years at Goucher, an all-women’s college in Maryland.  Since then, she has demonstrated a sustained and continuing dedication to developing women leaders that has informed her more than four decades of work as an educator and university president.

She has served 30 years as an academic administrator, including 20 years as a university president.  She is the senior female president in the 23-campus CSU system.  As the longest-serving president in the history of Cal State San Marcos, she is focused on raising the educational attainment rates of underserved student populations in the region and has transformed the campus into a model environment for women, promoting and hiring women to prominent leadership positions. 

Dr. Haynes takes every opportunity she can to speak and work with women’s groups and share her experiences as a woman leader.  A trained social worker, she has written several articles and books on social justice and leadership, including A Dream and A Plan:  A Woman’s Path to Leadership in Human Services.

Her tireless advocacy on behalf of women is evidenced, in part, by several awards and honors, including:

  • 2015 Trailblazer Award from Leadership California, recognized as one of six female CSU presidents for groundbreaking achievements and leadership in academia;

  • Cool Women of 2015 Award from the San Diego Girl Scouts;

  • 2013 Donna Shavlik Award from the American Council on Education for her commitment to mentoring and advancing women at the state and national levels;

  • 2013 Darlene Marcos Shiley Educational Leadership Award from the San Diego Business Journal for exemplary contributions to women in higher education.

Dr. Haynes holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Texas in Austin.  In 2014, the Social Work Degree Guide named Dr. Haynes the third most influential social worker in the United States.

Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, President, CSU Chico

An accomplished former professor and dean, California State University, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson returned to campus in June 2016, after working for three years as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at CSU, Channel Islands. She is Chico State’s 12th president and the first female president in the University's 129-year history.

Hutchinson built her career in higher education at Chico State, where she was hired in 1990 as a member of the Chico State faculty and taught kinesiology with a specialty in teacher preparation. She served as project director for the Pacific Wellness Center, and the principal investigator and co-director of the Northern CA Physical Education-Health Subject Matter Project. She was elected Academic Senate chair in 2006 after serving as statewide senator from 2003-2005, and she chaired the Diversity Scorecard Committee responsible for drafting the University’s Diversity Action Plan. Hutchinson’s scholarship and grant writing focused on teacher socialization, social psychology of sport, comprehensive school-based wellness programs, and equity in sport and physical education. 

She holds a BS in physical education teacher education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an MA in teaching analysis and curriculum development from Teachers College, Columbia University; and an EdD in teacher education and staff development from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Superintendent/President, Palomar College

Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D. is the 10th Superintendent/President of the Palomar Community College District/Palomar College. Dr. Blake joined the college in July 2016 and has spent the past year building enrollment; fostering strong campus and community relationships; securing grant funding; and supporting the spirit of collective impact through a variety of key initiatives such as expansion of the Palomar Promise tuition-free program for high school students and funding to address food insecurities on college campuses. Under her leadership the college has started construction on the South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo and the North Education Center in Fallbrook; both centers are scheduled to open in summer 2018.

Her previous administrative and leadership positions include serving as president at College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District; Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College; Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and Academic Senate President at Southwestern College. She also formerly served as a tenured Professor/Counselor.

At the national level, Blake served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary, and Vocational and Adult Education. She has served on the California Community Colleges statewide Chief Student Services Officers Board and she is currently president of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA).

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Post-Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Health Science and a minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Patricia Prado-Olmos, Vice President, Community Engagement, CSU San Marcos (moderator)

Dr. Patricia L. Prado-Olmos is Vice President of Community Engagement at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and oversees the University’s efforts to forge meaningful connections and productive partnerships with its communities. In this role, she leads the University’s activities related to a guaranteed admission program with partner school districts, tribal initiatives, community engaged scholarship, civic engagement, service learning internships, and economic development.

Previous to her position as Vice President at CSUSM, Dr. Prado-Olmos served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean in the College of Education. Her career at CSUSM spans 20 years; she joined the faculty at CSUSM in 1997.  

Dr. Prado-Olmos earned her B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College in 1987.  She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993.  In addition to CSUSM, she has held faculty positions at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Pomona College.

Dr. Prado-Olmos closely ties her scholarly teaching, research and service to the theme of social justice and equity for the express purpose of educational success and attainment for Latino populations.  Her research interests range from the study of literacy acquisition in bilingual public school classrooms to ways in which higher education faculty, in-service and pre-service teachers come to understand diversity, equity and social justice and how these issues impact public school classrooms and students.