For the first time in its 186-year history, a woman has been appointed president of SUNY Fredonia.
Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, who has served as vice president for academic affairs at the college since 2005, will become the college's 13th president when she takes over July 1. The SUNY Board of Trustees unanimously approved Horvath's appointment today after she was recommended by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher last week.
The 54-year-old Horvath is an Amherst native who was chosen from a field of more than 50 candidates. She will earn an annual salary of $205,000.
Horvath will succeed current President Dennis Hefner, who is retiring at the end of the academic year after leading the college for 16 years.