Celebrating 60 Years

 

A college for all time and all people 

 

1961

  • Allegany College of Maryland, founded by joint resolution of the Allegany County Board of Education and the Allegany County Commissioners, begins in a former school building on Frederick Street as Allegany Community College.
  • Future plans to transform farmland on Willowbrook Road into a modern campus shared with students.
  • Dr. Robert S. Zimmer appointed president.
  • Enrollment: 102 students.

1963

  • First commencement ceremony held in May.

1967

  • Dr. W. Ardell Haines named college president.
  • May Bolt appointed chair of the Board of Trustees, becoming the first female in ACM’s history to hold the position.

1969

  • College moved to present 316-acre campus on Cumberland's eastern edge. Six original buildings constructed.
  • Career programs added.
  • Enrollment: 839.

1975

  • Technology Building opened and career programs again expanded.
  • College’s total number of graduates: 1,120.

1978

  • Construction of the Continuing Education Building completed, ushering in an expansion in non-credit courses, programs, and trainings. 

1980

  • Dr. Donald L. Alexander appointed president of ACM.

1982

  • Allegany College of Maryland Foundation formed with an emphasis on providing student scholarships.

1986

  • Total number of graduates: 5,326.

1990

  • ACM Bedford County Campus opened at Everett Area High School, relocating four years later to a newly built, adjacent building.

1991

  • Campus Store and Advancement Building finalized, serving as the new home of the ACM Foundation and other departments.

1995

  • Allied Health Building’s construction completed, resolving a chronic shortage of classroom and lab space for credit and non-credit health care programs.

1996

  • Current name adopted to communicate comprehensiveness of programs and expanded service region. College was previously known as Allegany Community College. 

2001

  • Willowbrook Woods, ACM’s on-campus garden-style student apartments, opened.
  • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts programs moved to Gateway Center where a student-run, chef-supervised Culinaire Café is launched. 

2008

  • Dr. Bruce K. Exstrom named president.

2009

  • Credit-student enrollment surpasses 4,000 for first time.

2010

  • Dr. Cynthia S. Bambara appointed president, becoming ACM’s first female college president.

2013

  • Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship established.

2015

  • ACM ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the nation by the Brookings Institution.

2019

  • Select workforce programs moved to Western Maryland Works Makerspace in lower LaVale. ACM named site’s educational partner. 

2020

  • Thomas Welcome Center, adjacent to the Donald L. Alexander Library, opened.
  • Western Region Correctional Training Center, the first new building on campus in 15 years, completed and expands daytime training and course availability for regional correctional and public safety officers.

2023

  • One-year, $2.75 million renovation of the Dr. Robert S. Zimmer Theatre within the College Center, its first complete overhaul since 1969.

     

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