Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

1890s

  • 1899 First textile courses

    George Franks Ivey taught the first courses in textiles in the fall of 1899. Courses specialized in cotton manufacturing and milling, designing twills, and mill engineering, and were taught in Holladay Hall.

1940s

  • 1941 William C. (Bill) Friday graduates

    William C. (Bill) Friday received a Bachelor of Science degree in textile manufacturing. He later served as President of both the Consolidated University (1956-1972) and the UNC-System (1972-1986).

  • 1949 Duke Kimbrell received Bachelor of Science degree

    Duke Kimbrell a Bachelor of Science degree in textile manufacturing. He later became chairman of Parkdale Mills, Inc., the largest manufacturer of spun yarn in the world.

1950s

  • 1959 Department of Textile Technology established

    The Department of Yarn Manufacturing, the Department of Knitting, and the Department of Fabric Development merge to form the Department of Textile Technology.

1960s

  • 1963 First Female Instructor in Textiles

    Francess Massey became an instructor in Textile Technology. She was the first female faculty member in the School of Textiles.

  • 1966 Solomon Hersh

    Solomon "Sol" Hersh joined the faculty of the Department of Textile Technology. Previously he had received his B.S. from NC State in 1949. In 1995 he became the first faculty member from the College of Textiles to receive the Alexander Holladay Medal for Excellence.

  • 1969 Vincent Fang awarded a Master of Science Degree

    Vincent Fang was awarded a Master of Science degree. He had previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He later started the first knitting operation in Hong Kong.

1970s

  • 1971 First Ph.D. in Textiles

    Joel L. Williams was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Fiber and Polymer Science. This was the first Ph.D. awarded in the School of Textiles.

  • 1973 (circa) Department of Textile Materials and Management

    The Department of Textile Technology is renamed the Department of Textile Materials and Management.

1980s

  • 1985 Department of Textile Management and Technology

    This department formed from the split of the Department of Textiles Materials and Management.

  • 1988 Department of Textile and Apparel Management

    The Department of Textile Management and Technology is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Management.

1990s

  • 1996 Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management

    The Department of Textile and Apparel Management is renamed the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management.

2010s

  • 5/2010 First woman appointed full professor in College of Textiles

    Cynthia Istook became the first woman appointed full professor in the College of Textiles.