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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. 

Michael Caralis

director of Public Sector Sales and Operations, Verizon

At Verizon, Michael Caralis is focused on strategy development, sales, operations, and delivering services to public sector accounts. He has been a technology leader at Verizon for the past 11 years. Caralis graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a bachelor of science in Business Administration, concentration in Management Information Systems. Additionally, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Johnathan Kyle Farmer ma(rca)

chair, MFA Fashion Design, School of Graduate Studies

Jonathan Kyle Farmer is professor, chair, and creator of the MFA Fashion Design program at FIT. His approach concerns exploration and invention, challenging the general perception of fashion designers. Professional assignments include an education consultancy at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the exhibitions Savage Beauty, on Alexander McQueen; and Impossible Conversations, on Prada and Schiaparelli. His paper sculptures have been shown worldwide in the exhibition Drawing with Scissors, Designing and Patterning in 5D.

Troy Richards

dean of the School of Art and Design

Troy Richards holds an MFA from Cranbrook Art Academy and a BFA from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. As an artist, Richards works in varied media and often collaboratively. He has exhibited nationally and received numerous awards and grants. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, New Art Examiner, Time Out New York, NY Arts magazine, Newcity (Chicago) magazine, and others.

Theodore Schachter

assistant professor and assistant chair, Advertising and Marketing Communications

In his 25-plus years of industry experience, Ted Schachter has worked as a copywriter and creative director at a variety of agencies, and founded two advertising agencies. For 12 years, he has taught subjects including digital analytics, search engine marketing, and web analytics, and he has lectured internationally. He holds an MBA from St. John’s University.

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