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2009 July 31

Midnight Train to Georgia

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(NEW YORK) Michael Fink is going from Saks to Savannah. The former vice president and women’s fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue has been named dean of the new School of Fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design after 20 years of retail experience at Saks, I Magnin and Bergdorf Goodman.

“I am really looking forward to working with SCAD’s amazing faculty leaders and students at the beginning of their careers. It is amazing to think about the process that happens at SCAD—students go from beginner to expert—it is so incredible the opportunities that are before them," said Fink. “Mostly, to me, being a part of SCAD means handing down traditions and developing the future.”

The famed buyer’s move is not entirely surprising. He left his job at Saks on January 15 earlier this year following a massive cut of 1,100 jobs within his last employer. While still at Saks, Fink served on the advisory board for the SCAD School of Design, while being involved with the New York Couture Council Advisory Committee, and voting for CFDA awards and Fashion Group International honors.

Fink is moving to Georgia permanently to assume his duties effective this Fall 2009 semester. He’s expected to work closely with other industry notables closely affiliated with the institution such as Vogue’s André Leon Talley.

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