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Meet the 12 Women Presidents of the CSU


While about one-third of U.S. colleges and universities have a woman at the helm, more than half of the CSU's campuses are led by women. Meet the remarkable leaders making history—and inspiring others with their actions.


​​​​​​In July 2018, for the first time in the system's 59-year history, the majority of presidents of the California State University were female. Of the 23 campuses of the CSU, 12 are now led​ by women. 

We sat down with all our female presidents—from Dr. Karen S. Haynes, appointed president of CSU San Marcos in 2003, to Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, appointed to CSU Bakersfield in 2018—to hear their thoughts on leadership, their path to the presidency and what inspires them. Click to watch the video below.

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To learn more about all 12 female presidents of the CSU, read and watch the presidents' full profiles at the "Women & Leadership" site.