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CSUSM President Haynes Receives California State Student Association President of the Year Award

Press Release by Margaret Chantung

The California State Student Association awarded California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen Haynes with the Robert C. Maxson President of the Year award at the recent California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, March 25 in Long Beach.

CSSA is the single recognized voice for more than 425,000 students in the California State University (CSU) system. Founded in 1959, the association is the acknowledged statewide student organization designed to represent, serve and protect the collective interests of CSU students.

Each year the CSSA recognizes one CSU campus president whose leadership reflects a commitment to the mission of the CSSA, who has demonstrated exceptional inclusion of students within the context of shared governance and has assisted the CSSA in advancing its statewide policy agenda.

“It is probably the highest honor a president can receive to be recognized in such a meaningful way by students in one's own university system," said Haynes. "With a strong commitment to the mission of our system and its students, I am proud to have instilled a culture of leadership across our university reflecting fairness, openness, honest communication, integrity and diversity. I appreciate the efforts of the CSSA to preserve and protect the unique qualities of the CSU and its mission to provide high-quality, affordable education to the students across California. To be recognized by CSU students in this way is truly gratifying.”

“CSSA is pleased to recognize Dr. Karen Haynes as our 2014-15 President of the Year,” said CSSA Chair Devon Graves. “Her student-centered leadership style, willingness to involve students in decision-making, and support for statewide student advocacy efforts made her the standout nominee this year. We are particularly grateful for President Haynes' successful efforts to incorporate and effectively serve former foster youth in the fabric of CSU San Marcos, and the entire CSU system.”