Apparel Merchandising and Management

History & Photo Archive


April 1991

  • Professors Jean Gipe and Betty Tracy begin development of AMM degree and ATRC

Spring 1992

  • Apparel Technology and Research Center (ATRC) established


  • Extensive regional and national industry consultation to develop a program for industry managers
  • Completion of University and CSU system approval process for new AMM degree
  • Completion of Department of Defense-Defense Logistics Agency(DoD-DLA) research contract paperwork for ATRC

September 1995

  • Approval of AMM degree received – Professor Tracy, Program Director
  • Approval of $10+ million DoD-DLA contract received – Professor Gipe, ATRC Director

January 1996

  • First group of AMM students admitted – total 39 students
  • DoD-DLA contract includes remodeling of Bldg. 45, the “home” for AMM and the ATRC


  • Apparel Production Option receives Apparel Manufacturer’s Association (now American Apparel & Footwear Association) professional accreditation –one of only 13 programs in the US
  • AMM and ATRC occupy newly remodeled Bldg. 45 labs and offices


  • AMM becomes a stand-alone department within the College of Agriculture
  • DoD-DLA contract closes ATRC


  • Professor Tracy retires
  • Professor Gipe becomes AMM Chair


  • 10 th  anniversary enrollment – 245
  • Dr. Kilduff begins as AMM Chair


  • Professor Gipe retires


  • Dr. Regan retires


  • Dr. Tucker retires
  • Dr. Senanayake becomes Interim AMM Chair
  • AMM enrollment - 394

Photo Archive

Please enjoy our photo archive of AMM's growth and development.