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Statement from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on the Pending Retirement of CSUSM President Karen Haynes



​President Karen Haynes


​​The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

"President Haynes' focus on student achievement has been a constant during an unprecedented period of growth and transition at Cal State San Marcos. Under her stewardship, academic programs, facilities and athletics have all improved and expanded. Enrollment has more than doubled, and the campus now provides opportunities for a high quality education for 14,000 students coming from the greater San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties.

As our longest serving current campus president, she is the first woman to earn that distinction and has served as an inspiration and mentor for CSU's diverse group of presidents and leaders across the campuses."

On September 25, 2018, California State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes announced her decision to retire as campus president effective at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Haynes' successor. Under university policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor Timothy White will select a committee made up of various campus stakeholders which will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus. 


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