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About President Haynes

For the last 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 she began her tenure as president in February 2004, she has fostered the tremendous growth of the university by focusing on academic excellence, student life, campus climate, community partnerships and educational equity. These five strategic priorities guide the university and have helped make CSUSM a sought after campus, especially among traditionally underrepresented student populations. Forty-one percent of the 2013 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 has earned several awards for her leadership and her work in higher education, including receiving the 2013 American Council on Education’s Donna Shavlik award for her sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education.

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