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Newcomer named to HCC board of trustees

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Newcomer named to HCC board of trustees

Thomas C. Newcomer has been named by Governor Larry Hogan to serve a six-year term on the Hagerstown Community College board of trustees. He replaces trustee Patricia Cushwa, who retired in June of 2021, at the end of her term.

Newcomer was raised in Washington County and attended Hagerstown Community College his senior year of high school. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in economics from McDaniel College and an MBA in finance from American University. He later earned a graduate gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America in California.

Newcomer is the owner of R. Bruce Carson Jewelers. He has served on a variety of boards and organizations in the region since returning to the community in 1994. Among them, Tom has served as a past chair of the Greater Hagerstown Committee, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Hagerstown/Washington County Economic Development Commission, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hospice of Washington County, and United Way.

Newcomer currently serves on the boards of Hospice of Washington County, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County Industrial Foundation (CHIEF), the Judicial Selection Committee for Washington County, and the Washington County Community Foundation.

Serving on the HCC board of trustees, Newcomer will act as a voting member of the board in the development and evaluation of college policies. The board functions as the governing body of the college in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations and oversees the work of the president of the college. The board consists of a chair, vice chair, and five members. HCC President Jim Klauber serves as the secretary/treasurer to the board. To learn more, visit

(April 28, 2022)