Facilities Planning Staff

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Markus Kessler
Director of Facilities Planning

Markus came to Fredonia in July 1999 from Wendel Architects and Engineers where he was involved in the design of a number of capital projects at Fredonia. He began working with Facilities Planning as the Assistant Master Planner to offer design expertise with capital improvements and coordinate project planning for the campus. As Director of Facilities Planning, Markus is responsible for providing direction, assistance, and recommendations on all Capital, residential, and renovation projects at all stages of development and construction on the Fredonia campus. In maintaining the tradition of the I.M. Pei design of the campus, Markus also offers his knowledge and experience in the area of historical preservation. Additionally, he is the designated campus Building Code Compliance Manager. Markus holds a Civil Technology Degree from Erie Community College, a B.P.S. in Architecture from the University of Buffalo, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Buffalo.

Paul Agle

Capital Project Manager

Paul has been employed with Fredonia since 1991. For 16 years, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of all refrigeration and HVAC equipment on campus. He progressively took on a leadership role as he advanced into supervision. Recognized for his acute mechanical aptitude, problem solving abilities, and capacity to effectively communicate, Paul joined the Facilities Planning team in 2008 in his current title. Paul is responsible for overseeing the installation of all project-related mechanical systems and offers his expertise on non-project related issues as well.

Prior to his employ at Fredonia, Paul attended SUNY Alfred majoring in their Air Conditioning Design Program. He spent the next 13 years as an AC/Refrigeration Foreman for a local company gaining exceptional experience prior to coming to Fredonia. In addition, Paul has been an ASHRAE member since 1995 and is an EPA certified refrigerant handler.

Gretchen Fronczak

Capital Project Assistant

Gretchen joined the Facilities Planning staff in February 2009. Prior to this, she was a student assistant in the department from August 2004 - December 2008 and was later brought on as a professional staff member. Gretchen is responsible for the solicitation/bid phase of campus design and construction projects, as well as managing various project compliance components throughout the course of design/construction (Certified Payroll records, OSHA 10 Compliance, M/WBE Reporting requirements, Insurance records, & pay applications). Additionally, she provides on-site project assistance by taking site photographs for campus record keeping purposes.

Gretchen is a 2008 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fredonia and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education.

Lori Johnson


Lori started working for the Office of Facilities Planning in September 2005. Lori is responsible for the overall office management, which includes scheduling/coordinating meetings, transcribing and distributing meeting minutes, assisting with the solicitation phase of projects, supporting staff members with typing requests, handling department travel arrangements, and supervising student assistants. In addition, Lori is the department secretary for the Office of Environmental Health & Safety & Sustainability.

Prior to her employ at Fredonia, Lori spent 17 years working for the Chautauqua County Office of Probation, where she developed a strong base for working in the public sector. While there, she was responsible for maintaining the accounting system, as well as orchestrating a new database for the department, which included training, troubleshooting, and problem solving. Lori holds an Associate's Degree in Administrative Executive Secretarial from Jamestown Business College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State.

Facilities Planning Office

Pleased to provide service Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
140 Hendrix Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3722