Fredonia State University is a cultural and economic powerhouse: exemplar in teaching, creative in research and unique in development with a powerful economic impact on the state and beyond.
The university is particularly noted for its innovative teaching protocols, dynamic relevant research, imaginative developmental strategies, and initiatives in community service. SUNY Fredonia has become a model class institution of higher education par excellence. Many of these quality indicators have advanced, by the superb academic standing of the student body and their zest for learning and by the excellence provided by a scholarly, eminently distinguished faculty and staff. These hallmarks of unique excellence are worthy of nurturing, preserving, enriching and enhancing.
No wonder that SUNY Fredonia is ranked as 14th among the top public universities in the North by US News & World Report.
An exciting era has now taken root and a stimulative academic year is under way at Fredonia. The investiture of President Virginia S. Horvath as Fredonia's 13th president has now taken place. President Horvath is not new to this institution. Her exemplary leadership as Fredonia's Vice President for Academic Affairs, set a tone for quality transformational leadership at its best. She is a scholarly educator and a highly skilled, genuine administrator. Her professional expertise,uncompromising integrity and thoughtfully creative enthusiastic administrative style, match well the high quality of expertise and genuine creative enthusiasm the campus has for the furtherance of Fredonia's tradition of excellence.
Currently, SUNY Fredonia is embarking upon a new, five-year strategic plan - The Power of Fredonia - a campus blueprint and a link to SUNY's own new mission. It will focus on Fredonia's core strengths as it aspires to further its leadership potential as a Community of Learning, an Engaged Community, a Global Community and a Sustainable Community.
To be sure, these are exciting times at our local SUNY campus. It appears that this strategic plan - when coupled with the university's new baccalaureate goals - will lead to a vibrancy of creativity, encouraging exciting interdisciplinary collaboration and furthering the enhancement of teaching and learning outcomes.
This institution's present day climate of dynamism in vibrant initiatives for quality actions, and this institution's solid historic underpinnings of a tradition of excellence, serve well as the dynamic energetic thrust for "The Power of Fredonia".
The University of Fredonia is proudly a vital part of this great State University System. Strategically, the University plays a pivotal role in the intellectual climate, cultural advancement and economic vitality of the state and of the host communities. In so many ways, the university serves as the area's core economic engine. In other words, often the university becomes the magnet which draws in other enterprises, explores emerging possibilities, and serves as an attraction for future initiatives. And thus, it has a magnetic pull of attraction for folks individually or collectively and is often central to playing a vital role in anchoring and enhancing the host area's cultural and economic quality of life.
It was Benjamin Disraeli who so wisely stated "upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends." And, it was Tapan Monroe, an economist for California who so thoughtfully stated, "Like steel and auto manufacturing during the 1900's, it is quality education which fuels the cultural setting and the economic engines of the current century."
Truly, Fredonia State is just such a powerhouse of culture and engine of energy and ingenuity. In short, SUNY Fredonia: Exemplar of Excellence.
Dr. Robert L. Heichberger is professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia and distinguished professor at Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. All of the past columns can be viewed on Send comments to: Rheich@aol.com