Biography: Karen Haynes, Ph.D.

For almost a decade, Dr. Karen Haynes has lead California State University San Marcos with an eye toward the future; toward increasing the educational attainment rate of students in the region; toward developing relevant degree programs that make CSUSM students in demand; and toward engaging with the community in unique and meaningful ways that significantly benefit students and the region.

Since Dr. Karen Haynes began her tenure as president in 2004, she has overseen the tremendous growth of the university by focusing on academic excellence, student life, campus climate, community partnerships and educational equity. These five strategic priorities are the guiding light of the university and have helped make CSUSM a sought after campus, especially among traditionally underrepresented student populations. Half of the 2012 graduating class were the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree, and nearly 50 percent of the total student body identifies as being a minority. Dr. Haynes’ commitment to public higher education is helping CSUSM transform the lives of students and families throughout Southern California.

President Haynes holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Texas in Austin. She is the Presidential Sponsor for the American Council on Education’s Southern California Network of Women in Higher Education, and she serves on the regional board of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation. She and her husband, Jim Mickelson, co-authored the landmark text, “Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena,” now in its seventh edition.