Why LIM?

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. A LIM College education empowers students to become accomplished professionals in the dynamic global fashion world.

Our Mission


Our Presidents

Elizabeth S. Marcuse (2002 – present)

Adrian G. Marcuse (1972 – 2002)

Maxwell F. Marcuse (1939 – 1972)


Nearly eight decades 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.


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

Welcome Letter



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



Michael T. Donohue
Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations, Treasurer



Lisa Springer



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.


Vice Chair

Rosalind S. Neff



Sally A. Crawford
Patty Farmer (Class of 1976)
Kate M. Gulliver
Jay R. Horowitz
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, D.C.S.
Nancy Marshall
Bill Reichblum
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.


Sherry Cassin
Founder, Bliss 888 Consulting


Dina Battipaglia
Founder, DMBT Consulting

Ryan Bonafacino
Advisor & Former Chief Marketing Officer
Alex and Ani

Jackie Buffon
President of Sales
NYC Alliance

David Burnett
Chief Merchandising Officer
Venus Fashions, Inc.

Denny Cohen Steinman
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale

Mindi Cooke
Vice President/Chief Merchant
Luggage and Travel

Harry Cunningham
Vice President, Creative Services
Vera Bradley

Mary Ann Domuracki
Managing Director
MMG Advisors

Dan Evans
President and Creative Director
Goldsmith Mannequins

Louise Evins
Chief Executive Officer
Evins Communications

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

Jeannette Ferran Astorga
Vice President - Corporate Responsibility
Ascena Retail Group

David L. Fisher
Former Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager – Men’s & Young World

Barbara Friedman
Consultant, Employer Management and Industry Relations
LIM College

Michael T. Gilson
CEO and Founder
Cormac Advisory Services

Doug Jakubowski (Class of 1983)
President, North America

Adelle Kirk
Senior Vice President
Kirk Palmer Associates

Julie Koch-Beinke

Michael Lichtenstein
Managing Member
Group L Consulting

Bonnie Mackay
Product Specialist, Author
BMackay Consulting

William Magherini
Vice President
Franco Vago USA 

Debra Malbin
Debra Malbin Associates

Thomas G. Matthews
Private Equity Investor

Mindy Meads
Chief Executive Officer
Vie Activewear

David Meir Sasson
Chief Operating Officer
Derek Lam International

Mark Mendelson
Industry Consultant

Shawn R. Outler
Executive Vice President – Licensed Businesses, Food Services and Multicultural Initiatives
Macy's Inc.

Michael Ratner
CEO Emeritus
Richter + Ratner

Ellen Rodriguez
Former CEO, Lela Rose

Ted Rosen
Administrative Chair - New York Corporate Practice
Fox Rothschild LLP

Denise Seegal
Chief Executive Officer
NXT Brands

Mark Shulman
President, Mark Shulman, Inc.
Former Senior Industry Executive – Retail & Wholesale

Nick Woodhouse
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.



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