SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos’ president Karen Haynes was recently honored by Leadership California for what the group described as “groundbreaking achievements in leadership in academia.”
Haynes is one of six California State University women presidents who will receive the Trailblazer Award, which was created in 2010 to honor women who are pioneers in their fields.
This is the first year, however, that Leadership California — a nonprofit aimed at increasing female representation in leadership roles — chose to award a group of women rather than an individual. Haynes and her co-awardees will be honored at the Legacy of Leadership awards ceremony April 27 in Los Angeles.
“The recognition is a richly deserved honor for an accomplished group of academic leaders who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to the service of all people in California” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said about the honor. “As mentors, CSU’s six women presidents serve as exemplary models for women leaders in higher education and beyond. We, as a system, laud them for their commitment to transforming their campuses, our state and the nation.”
Haynes has led a renaissance at Cal State San Marcos, as the campus has grown in size, offerings and status during her 11-year tenure.
Among the highlights are the university’s expansion into Temecula, its partnership with Palomar Health to start the university’s nursing school, the creation of a division of palliative care, and the upcoming move of its athletics programs to NCAA Division II status.