Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management

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Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management

We prepare you for professional practice in a range of consumer businesses and industries. Graduates of our programs are employed in fashion designing, apparel design, property management, consulting, and education.


Rosemary Goss (center) and her husband, Bob, look astonished as they realize that the gateway the Virginia Tech football team uses to enter Lane Stadium had been named in her honor. André Davis, a property management alumnus and retired National Football League wide receiver and kick returner, applauds in the background, while advisory board member Alice Fletcher (left) watches and a beaming Julia Beamish (standing behind Bob Goss), head of the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, delights in her colleague’s response.

Rosemary Goss

Rosemary Goss Surprised with Professorship Named in Her Honor

The Property Management Advisory Board had a clandestine plan. On a warm April afternoon, members assembled for a behind-the-scenes tour of Lane Stadium with Rosemary Goss, the longtime recipient of the board’s endowed professorship.

Toward the end of the tour, just after Goss walked under the famous Hokie Stone that football players touch for luck before the start of each game, the group stopped. Curtis Mummau ’92, chair of the advisory board and senior vice president of the real estate company Cushman and Wakefield | Thalhimer, directed everyone’s attention to the tunnel’s entrance way. As Goss watched, Mummau unveiled a plaque whose inscription read, “Gateway to success beyond the field in honor of Dr. Rosemary Goss.”

This honor was just the first of two that paid tribute to Goss’ contributions to the property management program at Virginia Tech. The second surprise came later that evening in the form of a professorship named in honor of Goss, who retired after 42 years at the university. View more Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management stories.

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