Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21

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Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21
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Feldman, Marvin
Finger, Mildred (Interviewer)
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This is an interview with Marvin Feldman, FIT's longest-serving president, whose term ran from 1971 to 1992. The interview begins with a summary of Feldman's military background and education, followed by his early work experience for the Ford Foundation and United States government agencies. He then explains his search for college presidencies in both the private and public sectors, and how he ended up at FIT. He describes the administration, faculty, and physical plant when he joined as president, and the Institute's evolution from a two-year community college to an institution offering a four-year baccalaureate. Feldman then delves into FIT's interfacing with both the New York State government and various industry groups. He describes the hierarchy of FIT's administration and its management style. Feldman goes on to explain how departments grow and develop into viable courses and majors, and gives a detailed description of the Marketing program. He discusses the growth of international fashion merchandising, and then introduces two new Master's programs. Finally, Feldman discusses the industry's need for trained workers and how FIT will function in the years ahead.
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Oral histories
Feldman, Marvin
College presidents
Community college presidents
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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This video was produced by the Fashion Institute of Technology ("FIT") and is the property of FIT. FIT expressly prohibits the copying, displaying, or uploading to a website of any portion of this video, except for the purposes of fair use as defined in the copyright laws, without express written permission from FIT. This video has been made available online by the Fashion Institute of Technology Gladys Marcus Library strictly for research and educational purposes. If you are the copyright holder for content in this video and have any objections to this work being made available online, please notify us immediately at [email protected].
FIT Repository ID: aod_000741
SPARC reference code: US.NNFIT.SC.FITA.


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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1984, November 12). Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21 [Video]. Archive on Demand.
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21." Archive on Demand, 12 Nov. 1984,
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Marvin Feldman interview, 1984 November 13 and 21," Archive on Demand, November 12, 1984, video,