SUNY Fredonia's First Female President to Speak at Buffalo Seminary Convocation

September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM EDT

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SUNY Fredonia's First Female President to Speak at Buffalo Seminary Convocation

September 5, 2012 Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - Buffalo Seminary has announced that its 2012 fall convocation speaker will be Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath, a 1975 graduate and one of the newest members of the school's board of trustees.

The convocation will be held at Sem, located at 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:55 a.m. and will mark the official start to the 2012-2013 academic year. Horvath will speak to the entire student body during a brief morning program.

In March 2012, Horvath was appointed as the 13th president of the State University of New York at Fredonia and the university's first female president in its 186-year history.

She had previously served as SUNY Fredonia's vice president for academic affairs. She will be inaugurated at Fredonia on September 21st.

As a Sem student, Horvath was the beneficiary of the L. Gertrude Angell Scholarship named in honor of the high school's fourth head of school.

After graduating from the private girls' school in 1975, Horvath became a first-generation college graduate.

She earned her bachelor of arts in English from SUNY Buffalo in 1978, her master of arts in English from Kent State University in 1979, and her doctorate in English from Kent State in 1984.