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. 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)

OUR
HISTORY

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.

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.

1977

LIM College is granted accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

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.

2015

Bachelor of Science Degree is introduced.

2016

Online degree programs are offered.

2019

LIM College celebrates its 80th anniversary.

WELCOME FROM
THE PRESIDENT

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

Welcome Letter

BOARDS &
LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team of the College is comprised of the President, Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations/Treasurer, Provost, and Senior Vice President for External Relations & Alumni Affairs.

Leadership Team Bios
 

 

Elizabeth S. Marcuse
Elizabeth S. Marcuse
President 

 

 

Michael T. Donohue

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

 

 

Lisa Springer

Lisa Springer
Provost

 

 

Gail Nardin

Gail Nardin
Senior Vice President for External Relations & Alumni Affairs

 

 

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

Sally A. Crawford
Patty Farmer (Class of 1976)
Jay R. Horowitz
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, D.C.S.
Nancy Marshall
Ron 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, international sales, store design, public relations, marketing, executive recruiting, merchandising, supply chain and retail 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.

Co-Chairperson

Julie Koch-Beinke
President/Partner
Alternatives

Members

Nick Ammaturo
Co-Founder & COO, Fado

Dina Battipaglia
Founder, DMBT Consulting

Ryan Bonafacino
CMO, Direct to Consumer & Tomorrow Sleep
Serta Simmons Bedding

Robert Bronstein
President
Leon Max/Max Studio

Jackie Buffon
Former President of Sales
NYC Alliance

David Burnett
Former Chief Merchandising Officer
Venus Fashions, Inc.

Sherry Cassin
Founder
Meow Mini Mart

Mindi Cooke
Vice President/Chief Merchant
Luggage and Travel, Randa

Harry Cunningham
Vice President, Creative Services
Vera Bradley

Mary Ann Domuracki
Managing Director
MMG Advisors, Inc.

Mark Donatiello
Senior Vice President, Sales and Merchandising – Branded and Private Label Handbags
Chateau Group International

Dan Evans
EVP, Marketing & Business Development
Wests Design Consultants USA

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, Inc.

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

Barbara Friedman
Former President of Corporate Licensing
Liz Claiborne Inc.

Michael T. Gilson
CEO and Founder
Cormac Advisory Services

Leanne Gomez
Group Vice President
dds Discount – A Division of Ross Stores, Inc.

James Gundell
Co-Founder
playbridgeatsea.com

Luisa Herrera-Garcia
Senior Vice President of Production
John Varvatos

Adelle Kirk
Senior Vice President
Kirk Palmer Associates

Susan Kroll
Founder & CEO
RAREculture

David Law
Senior Vice President Global Merchandising
PVH Corporation

Michael Lichtenstein
Managing Member
Group L Consulting

Laurianne Listo
Executive Vice President – Sourcing
Global Brands Group

Bonnie Mackay
Product Specialist, Author
BMackay Consulting

Debra Malbin
Founder
Debra Malbin Associates

David Meir Sasson
Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Bonobos

Brandusa Niro
Editor-in-Chief, CEO
DAILY FRONT ROW

Shawn R. Outler
EVP and Chief Diversity Officer
Macy's Inc.

Michael Ratner
Michael H. Ratner Consulting, LLC

Ellen Rodriguez
Former Managing Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers – Advisory Services

Denise Seegal
Former Chief Executive Officer
NXT Brands

Mark Shulman
President
Mark Shulman Inc.

Kristi Sloe
Vice President of Product Development
Laura Mercier

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

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