In her professional career as an educator, a scholar, and a leader, Dr. Karen Haynes has gone from social worker to social transformer.
When she arrived at Cal State San Marcos in 2004 to begin her second university presidency, she brought with her a reputation for building the kind of institutions where people want to come to work, to study, and to initiate lasting partnerships. Now beginning her sixth year as President, she has continued that kind of building to make Cal State San Marcos the driving force to address the needs of its rapidly growing region. Under her leadership, Cal State San Marcos has won acclaim for excellence in 21st-century learning... for building educational access and equity... for institutional accountability... and for community engagement and transformational regional impact.
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 boards of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Economic Development Corporation. She was honored in 2007 with the San Diego YWCA's Top Women in Industry Award for contributions to the community and the San Diego Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" Award. She and her husband and co-author, Jim Mickelson, are working on the seventh edition of their landmark text, "Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena."
Sharon Tanabe is a Partner at Storbeck/Pimental & Associates, a minority and female owned executive search firm. She has over 30 years of search experience including more than over fifteen years with a major international executive search firm where she led the Higher Education practice in their Los Angeles office before joining Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates. Over the course of her search career, Ms. Tanabe has conducted over 350 searches and has managed search assignments in all academic and administrative areas at the levels of president/chancellor/CEO, provost, vice president and dean for a variety of private and public universities and colleges, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Recent clients include the California State University Office of the Chancellor, many of the CSU campuses, and institutions in Oregon and Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from CSU Fullerton and her California Single Subject Teaching Credential from Sacramento State.
Emily F. Cutrer became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSU San Marcos in July 2006. She has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University, where she oversaw the west campus’s first accreditation, led campus efforts at establishing first year programs, and served as Dean of Students and, subsequently, Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in American Studies.