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JUNE 25, 2014

Three Rivers President to leave college, interim named

Dr. Devin Stephenson, who has served as President of Three Rivers College since 2009, announced his intentions to leave the institution at the monthly meeting of the college's Board of Trustees on Wednesday, June 25. Stephenson requested a sabbatical leave through November 30, to be followed by the voluntary termination of his contract. The board then named Dr. Wesley Payne, Vice President for Learning, as Interim President of Three Rivers.

Stephenson cited a desire to pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education as the reason for his request. During his sabbatical, Stephenson will serve as a consultant to the college to ease the administration's transition. As per his request, the sabbatical period began immediately.

"I wish Three Rivers College nothing but the best as it continues to fulfill its mission in providing educational opportunities and improving the quality of life for the citizens of Southeast Missouri," wrote Stephenson in his request letter to the Board of Trustees. "My wife and I have had the honor and privilege of working with some of the finest people we have met, and our thoughts and prayers will always be for progress and the advancement of the college, and the continued success of its students."

Randy Grassham, Chairman of Three Rivers' Board of Trustees, said that the college would likely not begin seeking a permanent successor to Stephenson until after the sabbatical period ends, with Payne serving as Interim President in the meantime. Payne expressed his confidence in the ability of Three Rivers to remain stable and strong during the interim.

"I can say without hesitation that this is one of the finest groups of educators I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and I am fully confident that we will continue to serve the region with the same dedication and excellence," said Payne. "I have been working extremely closely with Dr. Stephenson on all the college's major projects, and I'm fully confident that this will be a smooth transition."
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