• 1944: A group led by educator Mortimer C. Ritter and retired men’s wear manufacturer Max Meyer, organize a school to support the industry. It opened with 100 students on the top two floors of Needle Trades High School.

• 1946: The first commencement is held with 65 graduates.

• 1949: Shirley Goodman joins FIT, heading public relations and industrial relation and development. Goodman, among her many achievements, helped draft legislation to establish the college as part of the State University of New York.

• 1953: Lawrence L. Bethel appointed president.

• 1959: FIT’s first real home, a nine-story building on Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, opens.

• 1962: The school’s first residence hall, named for Isidore Nagler, vice president of the ILGWU, opens.

• 1969: Groundbreaking is held for four new buildings.

• 1971: Marvin Feldman is named FIT’s fourth president. He will serve until 1992.

• 1975: The David Dubinsky Student Center opens.

• 1975: FIT is authorized to award its first bachelor’s degrees.

• 1979: FIT authorized to issue its first master’s degrees.

• 1989: FIT establishes the world’s first BFA in Toy Design.

• 1993: The Museum at FIT is established.

• 1998: Joyce F. Brown is appointed FIT’s sixth president — the first woman and first African-American to hold the office.

• 2000: Brown announces a five-year, $21.3 million investment plan for FIT’s first strategic planning process.

• 2001: Jay and Patty Baker donate $10 million to FIT, it’s largest single donation ever.

• 2010: Fourteen state-of-the-art labs open in the Dubinsky Student Center.

• 2015: FIT, now with 10,000 students, celebrates its 70th anniversary and embarks on a $150 million expansion project.

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