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About President Haynes

President Karen S. Haynes

Dr. Karen Haynes began her tenure as the third and now longest-serving president of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) in 2004. In the summer of 2016 she became the senior president in the 23-campus CSU system—the first woman to ever serve in that role. She has served for over 30 years as an academic administrator.

At CSUSM, Dr. Haynes has overseen advances in serving traditionally under-represented student populations. She leads CSUSM with her eye continually trained on increasing the educational attainment rate of the region and engaging CSUSM with the community in unique and meaningful ways.

Dr. Haynes has overseen tremendous growth at CSUSM, with the opening of several new facilities, the addition of a Temecula campus, and the launching of relevant new academic programs and career certificates.

A first-generation college student, Dr. Haynes holds both a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin and a Masters in Social Work from McGill university in Montreal. She is the recipient of myriad honors and awards, including the 2015 Woman of the Year Award from San Diego Magazine for her commitment to creating positive change in the region. In 2014, the Social Work Degree Guide named Dr. Haynes the third-most influential social worker in the United States.

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