For her exemplary contributions to women in higher education, the American Council on Education (ACE) honored CSUSM President Karen Haynes with the 2013 Donna Shavlik Award. The award was presented at the ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner in Washington D.C. on March 2.

American Council on Education established the Donna Shavlik Award to honor the long and outstanding service of Donna Shavlik, former director of ACE's Office of Women in Higher Education (now known as the Inclusive Excellence Group). Presented annually, the award honors an individual whose leadership demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education, through leadership and career development, campus climate and mentoring.

Haynes was recognized for transforming CSUSM into a model environment for women, promoting and hiring women to prominent leadership positions, including the vice president of Finance and Administrative Services and the vice president of Community Engagement.

"On women's leadership, President Haynes talks the talk and walks the walk. She is continuously involved in women's groups on campus and has been a mentor to many others," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "This type of engagement enables other qualified women to advance into leadership roles, which is the true spirit of the Donna Shavlik Award."

Haynes also served as the first woman dean at The University of Houston and has a longstanding history with ACE's Women's Network. She helped renew and reinvigorate the Texas State Network and did the same for the Southern California State Network, for which she has been the presidential sponsor for seven years. She has served on the ACE Commission on Women and currently serves on the ACE Commission on Inclusion.

Haynes has received several awards and honors, including the 2010 San Diego Business Journal's Most Admired CEO Award. She was honored in 2007 with the San Diego YWCA's Top Women in Industry Award and the San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award.

A trained social worker, Haynes 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 and Women Managers in Human Services, and the landmark text, Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena, now in its seventh edition. She holds a doctorate in social work from The University of Texas in Austin, an MSW from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a bachelor's degree from Goucher College (MD).

About the Academic Council on Education
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy

"On women's leadership, President Haynes talks the talk and walks the walk. She is continuously involved in women's groups on campus and has been a mentor to many others," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "This type of engagement enables other qualified women to advance into leadership roles, which is the true spirit of the Donna Shavlik Award."