About LIM College

Executive Administration

Elizabeth S. Marcuse
President 

Elizabeth S. Marcuse joined LIM College in 2001 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She assumed the Presidency one year later upon the retirement of her father, Adrian G. Marcuse, after more than 40 years with the College. Prior to joining LIM College, President Marcuse enjoyed a successful retailing and manufacturing industry career, which began in the Executive Training Program at Macy’s in New York and continued in increasingly more senior positions.

As the Director of Retail Planning for the Donna Karan Company in New York, President Marcuse worked directly with the President of Donna Karan and DKNY Women’s Apparel Domestic and International Divisions and the retail community. Prior to the Donna Karan Company, President Marcuse was the Director of Retail Planning at Mamiye Sales, Inc., a New York-headquartered childrenswear manufacturer, where she served as the financial and analytical liaison between the company and the retail community.

President Marcuse also has extensive buying experience. She was a Senior Buyer of Girl’s Clothing at Montgomery Ward in Chicago and was the Accessories and Jewelry Buyer and Merchandiser at the Cleveland-headquartered Retail Apparel Group (which does business as DOTS). She was also the Activewear Buyer for the 800-store Lane Bryant, then a division of The Limited, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.

President Marcuse is on the Board of Directors of Fashion Group International and is a member of the Board of Trustees of APC Colleges, where she is an active advocate for higher education issues on both the state and federal levels. In 2014, President Marcuse received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in recognition of her significant contributions to the advancement of education in the business of fashion.

Christopher J. Cyphers, Ph.D.
Provost & Executive Vice President

Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers joined LIM College as Executive Vice President in July of 2012, bringing with him two decades of professional experience as an educator and administrator. In 2014 his role was expanded to include the title of Provost. Currently, Dr. Cyphers has direct oversight and responsibility for the following offices and departments: Academic Affairs, Admissions, Experiential Education & Career Management, Graduate Studies, Instructional Technology, Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment, Registrar, Student Affairs, and Student Success.

Prior to coming to LIM College, Dr. Cyphers was President of the New York School of Interior Design. During his tenure there he created six new degree programs; oversaw the design and construction of a graduate center; undertook a successful institutional rebranding; presided over the largest enrollment increase in the School’s history; and raised close to five million dollars for capital projects and scholarships.

Before the New York School of Interior Design, Dr. Cyphers was Provost of the School of Visual Arts, where he taught cultural and intellectual history. He has also served as senior research associate and chief of staff in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Urban Affairs at the City University of New York.

Dr. Cyphers has presented scores of refereed papers on American social and political history, as well as on the subject of art and education in the United States. He is the author of The National Civic Federation and the Making of a New Liberalism, and has written several articles on issues facing higher education.

Michael T. Donohue
Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations/Treasurer

Michael Donohue has more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education administration and is skilled at streamlining processes and procedures as they relate to that field. Previous positions he has held include Assistant Controller at the American University of Beirut, Budget Analyst for the United States Military Academy at West Point and Budget Assistant for the Army Athletic Association.

Since his arrival at LIM College, Mr. Donohue has played a key role in the institution’s strategically planned growth. As the student body has grown from 340 in 2001 to approximately 1500 in the current academic year, he has been part of the team leading the corresponding expansion of the faculty, staff and facilities necessary to support student success.

Mr. Donohue has extensive knowledge in the areas of accounting, student accounts, financial aid, human resources, information technology, and facilities management and maintains active memberships in several professional organizations including the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, the Society for College and University Planning, Educause, and APPA.



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