Karen S. Haynes
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Karen S. Haynes was appointed the third president of CSU San Marcos in November 2003. Guided by a comprehensive strategic plan, Haynes has overseen tremendous growth at CSUSM, from a larger, more diverse student population to the physical expansion of the campus. Under her leadership, the university has won acclaim for excellence in 21st-century learning: building educational access and equity, institutional accountability; community engagement; and making a transformational regional impact.

Haynes, a former dean and professor of social work, has authored articles on political social work and, with her husband Jim Mickelson, co-authored the landmark text, "Affecting Change: Social Workers in the Political Arena," now in its seventh edition.

Haynes 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. In 2010, she was a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” award as well as a “Women Who Move the City” honorable mention by San Diego Magazine.

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B.A., Sociology and Psychology, Goucher College, Maryland
M.S.W., McGill University (Canada)
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Texas, Austin