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Elizabeth S. Marcuse has been President of LIM College since 2002. Prior to joining the College, she enjoyed a successful retailing and manufacturing industry career. She began that career in the Executive Training Program at Macy’s in New York. Over the years, she moved on to increasingly more senior roles, eventually becoming the Director of Retail Planning for the Donna Karan Company.

President Marcuse is on the Board of Directors 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.

October at LIM College: Conference, Competition, Community

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 1:03:00 PM

This October finds the members of the LIM College community engaged in a wide variety of academic, professional, and community service pursuits. While I can’t possibly hope to cover everything here, below are just a few highlights of what’s keeping everyone on our campus active and engaged as we move through the month.

This past weekend we celebrated our fourth annual Family & Friends Weekend. First, nearly 200 of our students, family members, alumni, faculty, and staff turned out for the music, food, games and fun of Vegas Night on Friday evening. On Saturday, a dedicated group braved the elements to give back to our local community and help beautify Morningside Park and our Visual Merchandising students displayed their ingenuity at the annual LIM Iron Merchant Challenge. Finally, we capped off the weekend with a spectacular Sunday brunch cruise on the Hudson River.

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Tags: Family & Friends Weekend, Fashion Now & Then, Team LIM College, President Elizabeth Marcuse, Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions

Welcome – and Welcome Back

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 4:33:42 PM

Believe it or not, the Fall 2014 semester is already underway. Welcome, new students and faculty and welcome back, returning students and faculty.

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Summer in the City

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 4:32:00 PM

With Commencement more than a month behind us, one might think that LIM College would be a quiet place. Yet that is definitely not the case. Our New York City campus continues to be a hub of action and activity.

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Tags: Commencement, Student Window Challenge, summer fashion lab, WFF, Women & Fashion FilmFest, CEO Speaker Series

The Past and Future Come Together at LIM College’s 75th Commencement

Posted on May 29, 2014 10:41:00 AM

On May 22 I had the great honor of shaking each graduate’s hand as they walked across the stage at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center during LIM College’s 75th annual Commencement exercises. More than 425 bright and talented women and men make up our Class of 2014, the largest in LIM College history.

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Tags: Neiman Marcus, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, 75th Anniversary, Commencement, Class of 2014, alumni, Barneys New York

A “Sweet” Night Out: The LIM College Fashion Show

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 3:38:00 PM

Last Friday night I was thrilled to be in the front row for LIM College’s annual student Fashion Show. This year’s show, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, was titled “Confectory: A Sweet Story of Fashion.” The production was colorful, whimsical and, above all else, professional. Inspired by looks from the 1940s, 1960s and 1990s, the theme of the evening was candy -- and fashion -- through the decades.

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Tags: LIM College Syudent Fashion Show, candy and fashion, Hammerstein Ballroom, 70th year

Strengthening U.S. - Japan Relations Through Educational Exchange

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 9:41:00 PM

On March 24 and 25, LIM College will host a group of graduate students and faculty members from Japan’s Bunka Fashion Graduate University as part of our participation in the Kakehashi Project: The Bridge for Tomorrow.

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Tags: Japan, Bunka Fashion Graduate University, Kakehashi Project, The Bridge for Tomorrow

Exploring Amsterdam and Paris with LIM College

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 2:50:00 PM

From January 8-18, I had the opportunity to join a group of 30 LIM College students, alumni, faculty, staff -- and a member of our Board of Directors --for the College’s annual Cross-Cultural Analysis trip. We traveled to the beautiful cities of Amsterdam and Paris, where we explored world-famous fashion and cultural sites.

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Tags: Paris, Cross-Cultural Analysis trip, AMsterdam, Tassenmuseum, Anne Frank, Eiffel Tower, perfume

Leadership Without Borders

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 1:41:00 PM

Last week, our Office of Student Life sponsored LIM College’s third annual Student Leadership Conference. Featuring speakers from leading businesses and nonprofit organizations, including Time Warner, Inc., Henri Bendel, Bottomless Closet, the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and The Ms. Foundation, this two-day event also included presentations and workshops from several LIM College faculty and staff members.

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Tags: LIM College, international business

Fashion is Everywhere

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 2:50:00 PM

I read with great interest the recent news that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is leaving that company to join Apple as their Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. Similarly, this summer, Yves St. Laurent CEO Paul Deneve left his position to become a Vice President at Apple.

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Tags: LIM College, fashion industry, fashion, business world of fashion

LIM College – 75 Years of Success

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 3:00:00 PM

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of our new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

This is a very auspicious time for LIM College. This September marks the start of our 75th Anniversary year. We have been in New York City, the center of the fashion world, for nearly three quarters of a century. During that time, an untold number of changes have transformed the industry, and the College itself. Yet our mission has always remained the same – to prepare our students for successful careers in the business of fashion.

What my grandfather Maxwell F. Marcuse founded in 1939 as a one-year certificate program exclusively for women, is now, 75 years later, a master’s degree-level institution with Middle States and ACBSP accreditation, multiple graduate programs, and a growing global footprint.

Today, the world continues to evolve. Therefore, so does LIM College. One of the reasons we’ve been able to stand the test of time – and not just endure, but flourish, is because we have never stopped evolving and progressing as the world has changed around us.

Yet one thing that will never change is our unwavering commitment to our students. As we look forward to the next 75 years, we will continue to transform and elevate the LIM College educational experience and enhance our students’ prospects for rewarding careers in the business of fashion.

Here’s to the start of another great academic year!

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