ALBANY – State University of New York Fredonia President, Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, has announced her plans to retire at the end of the Spring semester on July 1, 2019.
“As a first-generation student herself, Dr. Horvath has a keen focus on an enrollment program that encourages students from diverse backgrounds to pursue a college degree and in doing so, Fredonia has achieved its most diverse applicant pool in its history,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We thank Dr. Horvath for her service to SUNY and the Fredonia community.”
Horvath said, “I have been honored to work with colleagues and students and take pride in what we have been able to achieve together in academics, research and creative activity, student leadership, shared governance, community service, athletics, student success, economic development, and innovation. I will leave with joy at having served here and with hope for continued success for the next generations of Fredonians and for all SUNY faculty, staff, and students. A part of my heart will always remain here.”
During Horvath’s seven years as president, Fredonia implemented an enrollment management plan and achieved major goals of the Power of Fredonia strategic plan, including a Carnegie Community Engagement classification. She was instrumental in key initiatives leading to significant growth in the Fredonia College Foundation endowment.
Horvath became Fredonia’s 13th president July 1, 2012, following a national search. Previously, she was the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fredonia for seven years. Key accomplishments during that time included developing HARP (Handbook for Appointment, Reappointment, & Promotion), coordinating Middle States accreditation and eight specialized accreditations, and led academic involvement in the design and construction of two award-winning academic buildings.