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As the School of Fashion Design (SFD) approached its 75th Anniversary in 2009 the Board of Directors wanted to examine their history and chart a course for the future. To create a current picture of the School, Mary Kelley and Tom Field held one-on-one interviews with board members, students, alumni and faculty. They researched the history of the School from its beginning days and looked at how the curriculum had developed over time as it responded to changes in the needs of the fashion industry.

They also assessed the School’s marketing, fundraising and alumni relations efforts. At the conclusion of this work, TFO facilitated a Board-Faculty retreat to present their findings and make recommendations for the School’s continuing growth. At the retreat, the assembled group agreed upon a new mission for the school and discussed what the School’s next steps should be in fulfilling that mission. TFO continues to work with the School of Fashion Design on a project basis as they move ahead.