(July 18, 2018) –John Williamson, vice chair of the Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees, was recently elected to serve as president of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC).
“The Maryland Association of Community Colleges is an extremely important organization for HCC and our students. It provides us with a voice in Annapolis, representing all community college students,” said Williamson. “Serving on the executive committee provides the opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of the organization in addition to building important relationships with other community college leaders across the state.”
“MACC unites our community colleges, both large and small, with a common voice in Annapolis. It also works to ensure uniform policies are present to benefit our students across the State,” said HCC President Jim Klauber. “Washington County is fortunate that a local board member has been selected to lead this organization and uphold its critical mission.”
The core mission of Maryland’s 16 community colleges is to provide affordable opportunities to all residents who desire and can benefit from higher education. The role of the president is to lead the executive committee to execute strategic direction and operational oversight for MACC. This committee guides the association’s legislative agenda, prepares and reviews the association’s annual budget, and acts for the board of directors between annual meetings. The executive committee consists of three trustees who serve as the president, treasurer, and member at-large, and four presidents all elected by the board of directors to one year terms in addition to the MACC executive director.
Williamson has served as a board trustee at HCC since 2012. He was reappointed by Governor Hogan for a second six-year term, which began on July 1, 2018. He served on the board of directors of the HCC Foundation from 2007 to 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech. He is a principal of Veridian Capital Partners, a financial planning and asset management firm affiliated with Ameriprise Financial.