General Notice

Notice: LIM College will be closed from Friday, February 12, until Monday, February 15, for Presidents' Weekend. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 16.

Why LIM?

Located in Midtown Manhattan, LIM College prepares students for successful careers in the global business of fashion and its many related industries.

OUR
MISSION

LIM College fosters a unique connection between real world experience and academic study in business principles. An LIM College education empowers students to become accomplished professionals in the dynamic global fashion world.

Our Mission

 

OUR
HISTORY

More than three quarters of a century ago, Maxwell F. Marcuse, an authority and pioneer in the fields of education and retail, was asked by leading retailers to create an educational institution for the business of fashion and merchandising. In 1939 Mr. Marcuse founded what was originally known as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) and in 2009 became LIM College.

1939

Founded by Maxwell F. Marcuse (as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising) and was initially located at 45 West 34th St.

1941

Seventy-nine women comprise the first graduating class.

1959

LIM College moves to 677 Fifth Ave. (between 53rd and 54th St.)

1965

LIM College moves to The Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St.

1971

LIM College officially becomes co-ed.

1972

Second generation: Adrian G. Marcuse assumes the presidency.

1977

LIM Fashion Education Foundation is founded.

1982

Bachelor of Professional Studies degree granting powers are authorized.

1988

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing is approved.

2002

Third generation: Elizabeth S. Marcuse assumes the presidency.

2003

Bachelor of Business Administration in Visual Merchandising is approved.

2004

Maxwell Hall location opens at 216 East 45th St.

2005

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management is approved.

2006

Fifth Avenue location opens at 545 Fifth Avenue at 45th St.

2008

Master of Business Administration degree granting powers are authorized.

2009

Name of institution officially changes from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to LIM College.

2011

LIM College’s Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St. designated as a New York City landmark.

2012

Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management is approved.

2012

Undergraduate and MBA degree programs receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

2013

Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing is approved.

2013

Bachelor of Science in International Business degree granting powers are authorized.

2014

Master of Professional Studies in Visual Merchandising is approved.

2015

Master of Professional studies in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management is approved.

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WELCOME FROM
THE PRESIDENT

Here are a few words of inspiration from LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse.

Welcome Letter

 

For more from President Marcuse, check out her blog.

President's Blog

BOARDS &
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Administration of the College is comprised of the President, Provost & Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations/Treasurer.

Executive Committee Bios
 

 


Elizabeth S. Marcuse
President 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of LIM College and establishes the basic policies that set the course of LIM College. The Board is responsible for the performance of the institution, in all of its aspects and has the fiduciary responsibility for LIM College’s financial performance. Composed of a maximum of eleven members, the Board meets quarterly at LIM College and participates in commencement each May.

Chairman

William J. Borner, Esq.

 

Vice Chair

Rosalind S. Neff

 

Directors

William R. Baldt, Ed.D.
Sally A. Crawford
Patty Farmer (Class of 1976)
Kate M. Gulliver
Jay R. Horowitz
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, D.C.S.
Nancy Marshall
Gail E. Rothwell (Class of 1971)
Stefan Shaffer

The Fashion Industry Advisory Board

The Fashion Industry Advisory Board helps LIM College fulfill its mission and strengthen many of the services the College provides for its students. It is composed of successful senior executives from a broad variety of areas in fashion and related industries which currently include manufacturing, licensing, accessories, luxury brands, sales and design, public relations, trend forecasting, marketing, human resources, merchandising, logistics, supply chain and store management.

The mission of the Advisory Board is to assist and advise the College in areas that include, but are not limited to, curriculum, student advocacy, long-range planning, industry outreach and public relations. In that capacity, Board members are mentors to our students, host field trips to their businesses, guest lecture in classes, hire our students for internships and permanent jobs, provide curricular advice and suggestions for new programs and/or degrees to help LIM College identify emerging areas of study. They also attend and participate in special events at LIM College throughout the year.

Chairperson

Sherry Cassin
President/Creative Director
Cassin Collections

Members

Robin Bardolia
Chief Strategic Officer - NA
JWT

Dina Battipaglia
Senior Fashion Industry Consultant

Ryan Bonafacino
Advisor & Former Chief Merchandising Officer
Alex and Ani

David Burnett
Vice President of Merchandising
Venus

Denny Cohen Steinman
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale

Mindi Cooke
SVP Merchandising
LF USA Home

Harry Cunningham
Head of Store Development
Vera Bradley

Zach Davis
Co-Founder
Stylitics

Mary Ann Domuracki
Managing Director
MMG Advisors

Dan Evans
President and Creative Director
Goldsmith

Louise Evins
Chief Executive Officer
Evins Communications

Dr. Nicola Evoli
CIO-Strategy-International Sales
GROTTINI Retail Environments

Jeannette Ferran Astorga
Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility
Ann Inc.

David L. Fisher
EVP, General Merchandise Manager - Mens & Young World
Bloomingdale's

Barbara Friedman
Consultant, Employer Management and Industry Relations
LIM College

Michael T. Gilson
Vice President Global Sourcing - Operations, Wholesale & Finance
Lord & Taylor

Doug Jakubowski (Class of 1983)
President, North America
FitFlop

Adelle Kirk
Senior Vice President
Kirk Palmer Associates

Julie Koch-Beinke
President/Partner
Alternatives

Michael Lichtenstein
Executive Vice President
Group L Consulting

Bonnie Mackay
Product Specialist
BMackay Consulting

William Magherini
Vice President
Franco Vago International Inc.

Thomas G. Matthews
Private Investor

Mindy Meads
Retail Consultant & Corporate Board Member

David Meir Sasson
Chief Operating Officer
Derek Lam International

Mark Mendelson
Former CEO
Ellen Tracy

Shawn Outler
Senior Vice President - Weddings/Gifts and Multicultural Business Development
Macy's

Nina Rangel
Vice President of Human Resources - Americas
Burberry

Michael Ratner
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Richter + Ratner

Lori Rhodes
Head of Marketing
Al Tayer Retail Group

Ellen Rodriguez
CEO
Lela Rose

Margot Rogoff
Press Relations Specialist

Ted Rosen, Esq.
Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP

Denise Seegal
President and CEO
Magaschoni Apparel Group, Inc.

Mark Shulman
President
Mark Shulman INC.

Maria Vicari
President of Licensing
VF Sportswear

David Wolfe
Creative Director
The Doneger Group

Nick Woodhouse
President & Chief Marketing Officer
Authentic Brands Group

FACULTY

At LIM College, you’ll learn from faculty who understand the fashion business inside and out, as well as liberal arts professors who will teach you to think critically and communicate clearly.

Faculty Directory

CAREERS AT
LIM COLLEGE

Dedicated to helping students achieve and succeed? You found the right place.

Join Our Team

LIM Fashion
Education Foundation

The LIM Fashion Education Foundation has, as its primary purpose, the provision of scholarship and grant aid to students who wish to attend LIM College.