Jacqueline M. Jenkins
acting executive director of Strategic Planning and Innovation
Jacqueline Jenkins oversees the development of FIT’s strategic plan and the fulfillment of the college’s commitment to innovation. Jenkins earned her BA in economics from Spelman College and her MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Sophisticated Curation, a web community for the mature fashionista.
Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT
Joanne Arbuckle is the Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT, where she develops and expands partnerships and collaborations nationally and globally for the college. Previously at FIT, Arbuckle served as dean of the School of Art and Design for over a decade. As dean, she was responsible for all school operations, departmental development, special programs, fundraising, student enrichment initiatives, and faculty recruitment. Previously she served for five years as assistant chair of FIT’s Fashion Design Department. She became an associate professor in 2002 and a full professor in 2006. In 2003, she won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
An industry professional with more than 30 years of experience, Arbuckle worked as a designer and merchandiser before becoming president of the fashion-industry consulting firm Design Integrity. She served for seven years on the nominating committee of the prestigious Earnie Awards in children’s wear. Arbuckle co-authored the book Historical Dictionary of Fashion and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. She earned her Master of Arts in educational administration in higher education from New York University, her Bachelor of Science in fashion design at the State University of New York Empire State College, and her Associate in Applied Science in fashion design at FIT.
Executive Director of the FIT/Infor DTech Lab
Michael Ferraro is the Executive Director of the FIT/Infor DTech Lab. DTech is a public/private partnership whose mission is to engage faculty and students to solve industry problems using design and technology. The strategic goals of DTech’s experiential learning are accomplished through projects that empower entrepreneurs and engage industry. Creative technologist, researcher, artist, and educator, Ferraro’s career spans the worlds of software development, virtual reality media production, fine art, commercial entertainment, and higher education. He came to FIT from Lehman College/CUNY where he spent 12 years as an associate professor in the digital media program of the art department. Ferraro earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his BFA from Syracuse University.