Transforming education for the business of fashion

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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

Elizabeth S. Marcuse became President of LIM College in 2002, after coming onboard as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer the previous year. Representing the third generation of dedicated Marcuse family leadership, President Marcuse spent nearly two decades building a successful career in fashion retailing and apparel manufacturing prior to joining LIM.

President Marcuse’s extensive fashion industry experience includes serving as the Director of Retail Planning for the Donna Karan Company and Director of Retail Planning for childrenswear manufacturer Mamiye Sales, Inc. President Marcuse also held buying positions at companies including Montgomery Ward, The Limited, Inc. (Lane Bryant), and Macy’s, where she began her career in the Executive Training Program.

Throughout her tenure, President Marcuse has led LIM College through a period of incredible strategic growth and achievement. Most notably, she has overseen LIM’s ascension to become a master’s degree-granting institution, expanded the College’s range of degree offerings, and worked to ensure that the student body is both ethnically and geographically diverse.

President Marcuse is on the Advisory Board 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. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, an organization dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership.

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, and in 2018 she received BRAG’s Fashion Leadership Award for her outstanding accomplishments in education and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Michael Donohue has more than two decades 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 strategic growth, helping to ensure the College has the optimal faculty, staff and facilities in place 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.

As Chief Academic Officer of LIM College and advisor to the President on matters related to curriculum, faculty and attainment of academic and teaching excellence, Lisa Springer leads LIM College’s Academic Affairs unit.

Prior to joining LIM in June of 2018, Provost Springer was Associate Dean at the New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS), where, as chief academic officer of her division, she expanded non-credit offerings in languages and humanities, refined the curriculum of the masters’ programs in professional writing and translation, launched global offerings overseas, and designed a writing program for graduate students across the School. One of her most innovative creations was a new online master’s program in Applied Fashion Merchandising, which included three optional intensive weeks onsite in New York, Florence, and Shanghai, one in each semester of full-time study. She also supervised 25 full-time administrative staff members, 20 clinical faculty members and more than 300 adjunct faculty members.

As Assistant Dean of the NYU American Language Institute, Provost Springer oversaw a period of outstanding growth, leading five major initiatives: nurturing current programs, forging greater connections with international students across the University, expanding the Institute’s assessment capacities to reach greater audiences, expanding the NYUSPS American Language Institute Tokyo Center, and launching the American Language Institute at NYU Shanghai.

Earlier in her career, Dean Springer worked with the NYU Office of the President, serving as Academic Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, a program for outstanding Emirati high school students, and as Academic Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Programs for outstanding local university students. For both she developed the curricula and program design, hired and advised faculty and staff, and coordinated administrative operations.

A graduate of LIM College, Gail Nardin enjoyed a successful career in the fashion world before joining LIM in a full-time capacity in 2005.

Over the course of three decades in the apparel industry, Ms. Nardin held positions in buying, merchandising, and sales at companies that included Federated Department Stores, May Department Stores, and Energie Sportswear for Jones New York, where she served as Vice President of Development and Production.

Now, as Senior Vice President for External Relations & Alumni Affairs, Ms. Nardin’s focus is on developing relationships with industry partners, academic institutions, and alumni to increase LIM College’s global footprint, support students’ educational experience, and provide alumni with opportunities for continued career development.

Ms. Nardin has led several successful initiatives to integrate internal and external constituents across the College community. These include the re-establishment of the Alumni Association and the creation of an alumni leadership body; student/alumni mentoring programs; programs for students’ parents and families; and partnerships with professional organizations (including the Underfashion Club and BRAG) whose mission is to educate the next generation of fashion business leaders. These relationships have provided LIM students with opportunities to participate in professional workshops, conferences, and networking programs, interact with industry innovators, and obtain scholarships, internships, and permanent positions after graduation.