About Us

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology is proud to offer students 10 different majors with a focus on business in fashion and related professions.

Shannon Maher, Interim Dean

"Professor Maher has been chair of the school’s Home Products Development department since she arrived at FIT in 2013.  In her seven years here, she has been a very active member of the college community, serving with distinction on a diversity of college-wide and faculty senate committees.  She currently co-chairs the Accreditation  Council for Business Schools and Programs committee—the committee that guided the school in its successful drive to be accredited by that organization.  She co-chairs, as well, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Standard 5 committee. Other committees on which she has  served or currently serves include the Chairs Council, the Continuing Education Faculty Senate Committee, the Library Faculty Senate Committee, Tenure and Promotion Committees for a variety of departments and the Sustainability Faculty Senate Committee—among others.

Prior to FIT, Professor Maher spent almost 20 years in the manufacturing and retail sectors of the home industries field.  She arrived at FIT from Hanover Direct, Inc., an international home products corporation based in New Jersey, where she was senior vice president for product development and sourcing.  With extensive experience in merchandising, product development, sourcing and strategy, she continues to be active in the industry as a product development consultant.

Professor Maher earned her BA, summa cum laude, in Fashion Marketing & Merchandising from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.,  her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications at Marist College and a higher education Teaching Certificate from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard.

I am confident that Professor Maher will provide strong leadership for the school, and I look forward to its continued growth and achievements."

Dr. Joyce F. Brown



While the Baker School staff are working remotely, all are available via email during business hours. 

Louise Horgan, Assistant to the Dean
RoseMarie Rossi, Administrative Coordinator
Helen McDermott, Administrative Secretary  


Fashion Institute of Technology 
Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology 
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street 
New York, NY 10001-5992
(212) 217-4330

Business & Liberal Arts Center, Room B423 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm