Allan Hershfield interview, circa 1994-1995

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Allan Hershfield interview, circa 1994-1995
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Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Hirschfield, Allan F.
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Allan Hershfield, who had been the president of FIT for 2.5 years at the time of this interview, elucidates the qualities that set the school apart from other higher education institutions by explaining the school's direction and high placement percentages. He details close relationships with the industry via advisory councils such as the Fragrance Action Council and emphasizes the economic impact of the apparel industry on the city of New York. Hershfield talks a bit about the international nature of the workforce and describes a soon-to-be FIT design incubator. He also mentions the board of trustees and describes FIT's advantageous status as both a SUNY school and community college. Hershfield then delves into the Educational Foundation and scholarships made possible by founders such as Morris Haft. He describes the bi-partisan legislative support FIT receives, and finally, discusses student projects and a particularly underestimated alum who became an extremely successful bridal designer.
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Oral histories
Hershfield, Allan
Community colleges
Fashion design
Community college presidents
Community college students
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1993, December 31). Allan Hershfield interview, circa 1994-1995 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Allan Hershfield interview, circa 1994-1995." Archive on Demand, 31 Dec. 1993,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Allan Hershfield interview, circa 1994-1995," Archive on Demand, December 31, 1993, video,