From left: LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President Emeritus Adrian G. Marcuse and New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing cut the ribbon at Maxwell Hall, LIM College’s newly-expanded location at 216 East 45th St. in Manhattan.

From left: LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President Emeritus Adrian G. Marcuse and New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing cut the ribbon at Maxwell Hall, LIM College’s newly-expanded location at 216 East 45th St. in Manhattan.

LIM College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 21 to celebrate the expansion of its location at 216 East 45th Street in Manhattan. New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from LIM College at the school’s May 2009 Commencement ceremony, attended and cut the ribbon alongside LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse and President Emeritus Adrian G. Marcuse.

The expansion and renovations to the College’s existing space at 216 East 45th Street were completed in time for the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester, for which enrollment increased to an historic high of nearly 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students combined. The expansion of this location — known within LIM College as Maxwell Hall in honor of the College’s founder Maxwell F. Marcuse — is another major milestone in an incredible period of planned strategic growth. Under the leadership of President Marcuse, LIM College, which in September marked 70 years of educating future fashion industry professionals, has seen its enrollment quadruple since 2001.

Said President Marcuse, “At LIM College we educate students in the business of fashion. To stay ahead of the curve in an industry that is constantly evolving, we ourselves have to continuously grow and innovate. With this new space we sought to create an environment on the cutting edge. In addition to a modern, open lounge area for students that includes Jittery Joe’s Coffee Bar and a new LIM College Bookstore we have also expanded our Math Center and added new classrooms and visual computer labs.”

All these improvements come on the heels of the opening of LIM College’s Center for Graduate Studies & Continuing Education on the eighth floor of the same building this past spring. The Center for Graduate Studies & Continuing Education houses the nation’s only MBA program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship.

Larry Marner Architecture executed President Marcuse’s vision to create a state-of-the-art environment that not only facilitates learning and working, but also builds on LIM College’s strong tradition of community by creating a place where students, faculty and staff can come together to share information and exchange ideas.

Says President Marcuse, “Our new space is important because it supports our mission, which is to educate the nearly 1,400 women and men enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs and prepare them for successful careers in the fashion industry. Completing this expansion means that we are now even better equipped to serve our students’ educational needs and to continue to provide the fashion industry with its future leaders.”

The 17,000 square-foot addition increases LIM College’s total campus to more than 100,000 square feet in midtown Manhattan.

Said Assemblyman Bing, “I am proud to help LIM College inaugurate this new space. This latest expansion demonstrates the College’s continuing commitment to providing quality education in New York and to helping the state’s economy thrive by preparing a new generation of fashion business executives.”