Girl Scouts present award to Horvath

Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, president of SUNY Fredonia, received a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Western New York during a recent ceremony at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew.

Women of Distinction is a girl-led signature fundraising event for Girl Scouts of Western New York. It also provides girls in grades nine through 12 the opportunity to receive mentorship from honorees and to gain leadership skills.

Women are nominated by members of the community. The nominees must live or work in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming counties and have demonstrated leadership in career and community through public service. This year the selection committee chose one honoree for each of the following categories: arts and humanities, business, entrepreneurship, education, Girl Scout volunteer, healthcare, public service, sports and fitness and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Horvath is the president of SUNY Fredonia and holds rank as a Professor of English. Her previous positions were Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Fredonia, faculty member at Kent State University and Dean of Academic and Student Services for the Regional Campuses and Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning. A recipient of Kent State’s Distinguished Teaching Award, she has academic specialties in medieval literature, British literature, children’s/young adult literature and poetry. Dr. Horvath earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo and a masters and doctorate in English from Kent State University.

For the Women of Distinction Program, Dr. Horvath mentored Claire Raab of Orchard Park. Raab had the honor of presenting Dr. Horvath with her award during the awards ceremony.

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