The Fredonia campus is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Elizabeth Praetorius on Feb. 4. Ms. Praetorius had served as the university's vice president for Finance and Administration since August 1, 2014. She was 50 years of age.
"Liz," as she was known, oversaw an annual consolidated operating budget of more than $100 million, as well as a variety of administrative offices such as Accounting, Budget, Internal Control, Payroll and Purchasing, as well as the departments of Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Facilities Planning, Facilities Services, the Faculty Student Association, Human Resources, Student Accounts, and University Services, which collectively employ more than 360 staff members.
"This is a shock for all who have worked with Liz and come to know her quick mind, good heart, and love of Fredonia," said Fredonia President Virginia Horvath in the hours immediately following the news. "Many of her colleagues came to her aid today and reached out to her family. In the wake of this news, let us continue to help and comfort one another.
Liz' family received friends and colleagues on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home in Fredonia. In lieu of flowers, they established a scholarship in her memory:
The R. Elizabeth Praetorius Memorial Scholarship
To honor the memory of Fredonia’s Vice President for Finance and Administration (2014-16), her family, friends and colleagues established this scholarship for a student in any major who needs financial assistance to attend college. Support for students was her passion. Those who wish to contribute can visit www.fredonia.edu/give/praetorius or contact the Fredonia College Foundation at 716-673-3321.