Located in Midtown Manhattan, LIM College prepares students for successful careers in the global business of fashion and its many related industries.
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.
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.
Founded by Maxwell F. Marcuse (as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising) and was initially located at 45 West 34th St.
Seventy-nine women comprise the first graduating class.
LIM College moves to 677 Fifth Ave. (between 53rd and 54th St.)
LIM College moves to The Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St.
LIM College officially becomes co-ed.
Second generation: Adrian G. Marcuse assumes the presidency.
LIM Fashion Education Foundation is founded.
Bachelor of Professional Studies degree granting powers are authorized.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing is approved.
Third generation: Elizabeth S. Marcuse assumes the presidency.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Visual Merchandising is approved.
Maxwell Hall location opens at 216 East 45th St.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management is approved.
Fifth Avenue location opens at 545 Fifth Avenue at 45th St.
Master of Business Administration degree granting powers are authorized.
Name of institution officially changes from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to LIM College.
LIM College’s Townhouse at 12 East 53rd St. designated as a New York City landmark.
Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management is approved.
Undergraduate and MBA degree programs receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing is approved.
Bachelor of Science in International Business degree granting powers are authorized.
Master of Professional Studies in Visual Merchandising is approved.
Master of Professional studies in Global Fashion Supply Chain Management is approved.
The Executive Administration of the College is comprised of the President, Provost & Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations/Treasurer.
Elizabeth S. Marcuse
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.
William J. Borner, Esq.
Rosalind S. Neff
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.
Gail E. Rothwell (Class of 1971)
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.
Chief Strategic Officer - NA
Senior Fashion Industry Consultant
Advisor & Former Chief Merchandising Officer
Alex and Ani
Vice President of Merchandising
Denny Cohen Steinman
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale
LF USA Home
Head of Store Development
Mary Ann Domuracki
President and Creative Director
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Nicola Evoli
GROTTINI Retail Environments
Jeannette Ferran Astorga
Vice President - Corporate Social Responsibility
David L. Fisher
EVP, General Merchandise Manager - Mens & Young World
Consultant, Employer Management and Industry Relations
Michael T. Gilson
Vice President Global Sourcing - Operations, Wholesale & Finance
Lord & Taylor
Doug Jakubowski (Class of 1983)
President, North America
Senior Vice President
Kirk Palmer Associates
Executive Vice President
Group L Consulting
Franco Vago International Inc.
Thomas G. Matthews
Retail Consultant & Corporate Board Member
David Meir Sasson
Chief Operating Officer
Derek Lam International
Senior Vice President - Weddings/Gifts and Multicultural Business Development
Vice President of Human Resources - Americas
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Richter + Ratner
Head of Marketing
Al Tayer Retail Group
Press Relations Specialist
Ted Rosen, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP
President and CEO
Magaschoni Apparel Group, Inc.
Mark Shulman INC.
President of Licensing
The Doneger Group
President & Chief Marketing Officer
Authentic Brands Group
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.
Dedicated to helping students achieve and succeed? You found the right place.