About us

Who we are

As the largest provider of higher education in Hampton Roads, Tidewater Community College enrolls nearly 40,000 students annually. Serving both students and employers for nearly 50 years, TCC is truly the community’s college. It provides education and training to help adults of all ages pursue their educational and career goals.

The Tidewater Community College Real Estate Foundation, Inc. is a Virginia nonprofit, non-stock corporation that furthers TCC’s mission through the sale, development and leasing of property. It is legally separate from the college and from the TCC Educational Foundation, TCC’s philanthropic arm.

The Foundation was incorporated in December 2005. It is guided by its Board of Directors, who make up a dynamic cross-section of the real estate industry, from development to banking to legal to construction to architecture.

What we do

The TCC Real Estate Foundation accepts gifts of property to the college and manages properties it owns to provide the highest possible return for the college. All funds are used to support TCC programs and students through the renovation of existing facilities and construction of new facilities.

The Foundation currently owns 3 floors of the Harbor Heights Business Condominium, located at 121 College Place in downtown Norfolk, as well as 300 acres of prime waterfront real estate in Suffolk, situated on the James and Nansemond rivers.

Our staff

Matthew Baumgarten

Matthew J. Baumgarten, Executive Director

­­Matt Baumgarten oversees the daily operation of the Real Estate Foundation. He joined TCC in November 2015, bringing to the college 18 years of progressive real estate development and construction management experience.

For 10 years, he was design/build project manager and owner’s representative for Lincoln Property Company of Norfolk, managing all aspects of the development process and all phases of construction for military family housing neighborhoods in the Mid-Atlantic. In that role, he led the design process and budget development; coordinated the bidding process; negotiated contract awards, cost and schedule; and oversaw the construction management process.

Previously, Mr. Baumgarten was project engineer with Sussex Development Corp. of Virginia Beach, assigned to the joint-venture company that built Virginia Beach’s new convention center; project manager for Chianelli Building Corp. of Norfolk, where he managed the construction contract at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; and a project manager with J.D. Miles and Sons, Inc., of Chesapeake.


Deborah A. Wilson-Martin, Executive Assistant

Deborah Wilson-Martin joined TCC in March of 2016. A native of New York, she brings with her over 30 years of experience in the administrative field. Ms. Wilson-Martin believes that it is essential to establish solid partnerships with internal and external customers in order to support the mission of TCC.