In honor of the support of business alumnus Philip Kodroff ’82, the University dedicated a space in the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center for Kodroff’s mother, calling it the Rachael DiMarco Collaborative Design Studio.
DiMarco played a crucial role in Kodroff’s career path, he explained. Before going to college, he owned a successful commercial landscaping and lawn care business, but his mother didn’t see the long-term potential there.
“My mother challenged me to pick out my best customers and ask them if they went to college,” Kodroff recalled. “If one of these customers stated no, then I could skip college. Well, not one skipped college.”
Kodroff attended another school for just one semester before quickly transferring to the then Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.
“I appreciate my mother who had the vision to get me to go to college, and I appreciate the school who also saw my potential to allow me to be quickly accepted and start my college career,” he said.
Kodroff graduated with a degree in accounting and holds his CPA license in New Jersey. He worked for 25 years at shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, managing the business end of the company.
During the dedication ceremony on Oct. 18, Michael Leonard, dean of the School of Design and Engineering in Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, thanked DiMarco for the encouragement she gave Kodroff.
“This collaborative studio will become a place where many of our students will find themselves working to establish themselves as Mr. Kodroff has done,” said Leonard, the David and Lillian Rea Chair of Design and Engineering. “In a way, you have helped them on the path as well.”