Brockport – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today unanimously appointed Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath as president of SUNY
July 1, 2012. With this appointment, Dr. Horvath becomes
the first female president in college history.
“As vice president for academic affairs at SUNY
Fredonia for the past seven years, Dr. Horvath will bring great insight,
knowledge, and leadership to the presidential post,” said SUNY Board Chairman H.
Carl McCall. “We are pleased that she has agreed to serve as the first female
president of SUNY Fredonia and look forward to working more closely with her in
“Dr. Horvath’s proven commitment to improving higher education in
Western New York will serve her well in her new role as president of SUNY
Fredonia,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “She has an impressive legacy
of leadership that I am confident she will continue to build upon at the
college, and I know she will exceed the expectations of students, faculty,
staff, and alumni alike.”
are many challenges right now in higher education, but SUNY Fredonia is in a
good position to address those and to be known even more widely for our student
success and campus environment,” Horvath said. “I am honored to have been
recommended by the Fredonia search committee and selected by the Chancellor and
Board of Trustees, and I look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff
and community as president.”
Dr. Horvath was chosen and endorsed out of a pool of more than 50
candidates and five finalists by a 15-member search committee before being
recommended for the position last week by Chancellor Zimpher. Her
selection concludes a national search aided by R. H. Perry & Associates,
which began in September 2011 and drew candidates from across the U.S.
About Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath
vice president for academic affairs since 2005, Dr. Horvath has served as the
chief academic officer and the second-highest ranking official at SUNY Fredonia
for the past seven years, making her uniquely aware of the campus’ strengths
and recent successes as well as its opportunities for growth and improvement.
The 54-year-old Horvath’s scholarship includes more than a dozen
critical articles and books, in addition to numerous poems and
reviews. She has presented and given workshops at more than 70 regional,
national, and international conferences. Her service to her profession and
to her current and previous campuses is also well known.
About the State University of New York
State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in
the United States, educating more than 465,000 students in more than 7,500
degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses with more than 3 million alumni
around the globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.