Interim Cal State San Marcos President McTarnaghan to Remain Through January

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(December 1, 2003) – Roy McTarnaghan, who has been serving as interim president of California State University, San Marcos since July, will remain in the position until Karen S. Haynes assumes the permanent position on February 1, 2003.

McTarnaghan, founding president and president emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University, had been slated to stay at San Marcos through the end of December 2003. However, since Haynes will not be assuming the presidency until February, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed asked McTarnaghan to stay on through the month of January so that the campus would have a strong leader in place.

“Roy McTarnaghan has the full support of the CSU Board of Trustees, and we are pleased that he is able to stay on in this leadership position until the permanent president comes aboard,” said Chancellor Reed. “January is a critical month for the California State University since the state budget will be released, and having a person with the experience that Roy has will be invaluable as the CSU system and the campus work to provide access and quality to current and incoming students with decreased funds.”

McTarnaghan spent six years as president of Florida Gulf Coast University. He previously served as the executive vice chancellor, and vice chancellor of the State University System of Florida, and was the interim president of the University of North Florida. He has held administrative and academic positions at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia and the State University of New York, Geneseo.

McTarnaghan was not a candidate for the permanent presidency of Ca State San Marcos.

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Last Updated: December 1, 2003

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