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Board of Trustees

The governing power of Three Rivers is vested in a six-member Board of Trustees elected by the voters of the college district. The term of office is six years, and the terms are staggered so that two positions are up for re-election in even years.

The college district is divided into four sub-districts which elect the trustees. The sub-district boundaries are aligned by school district, but basically follow county boundaries. Based on population, there is one member of the board from each of Carter, Ripley, and Wayne Counties and three members from Butler County.


2016 - 2022

Gary Featherston, Chair
Gary Featherston was elected to the Board of Trustees for District 3, serving Ripley County, in 2016. He is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School, Three Rivers College, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University. He is a broker/agent with Poplar Bluff Realty, Inc. and is the managing broker of their Doniphan location. He has lived in Doniphan for the past 25 years and is active in the community. He has served on various boards and committees in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff and attends His Place Fellowship. He and his wife, Donna, have three daughters and six grandchildren.

2014 - 2026

Chris Williams, Vice Chair
Chris Williams, owner of Cane Creek Sod, benefited from the education he received while at Three Rivers College. Now he is giving back as a board member and supporter of the College. Williams played basketball for the Raiders from 1981 to 1983. After graduating with an associate degree, he went on to play basketball and receive a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Arkansas College. Williams is currently serving on the Three Rivers Endowment Trust Board. He lives in Poplar Bluff and is a member of First Baptist Church. His children are Parker and wife, Lindsey Miller Williams; Tori Williams; and Austin Williams, and wife, Lauren Murphy Williams.

2014 - 2026

Eric Schalk, Secretary
Eric Schalk benefited from attending Three Rivers College. A lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff, Schalk is the General Manager of Gamblin Lumber Company in Poplar Bluff. Schalk graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from William Woods University. While attending Southeast, he took summer courses at Three Rivers to fulfill basic requirements. Schalk lives in Poplar Bluff and has three children, Kayleigh, a 2017 graduate of Three Rivers College; Laine; and Samantha. Schalk has served as Treasurer of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce and Poplar Bluff Industries and is currently Treasurer of the Highway 67 Corporation. Schalk serves as chairman of the Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation Board, chairman of the Building Standards Board of the City of Poplar Bluff, and is the chairman of the Black River Coliseum Advisory Board. He is a member of First United Methodist Church.

2010 - 2022

Darren Garrison, Treasurer
Darren Garrison has sat on the Three Rivers President's Advisory Council for five years and has served on the Presidential Search Committees for previous Three Rivers administrations. Currently serving Wayne County as Circuit Clerk, Garrison is a graduate of Clearwater High School and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Three Rivers, where he played basketball for Coach Gene Bess. Garrison also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas College. He resides in rural Piedmont with his wife, Lori, who is also a Three Rivers graduate, and their two daughters. Garrison stays active within his community, and is a member of the Rotary Club and Harvest Baptist Church.
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2018 - 2024

Dr. Tim Hager, Member
Dr. Tim Hager was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2018 and then won election to the board in 2020. After 30 years in public education, Hager retired as Superintendent of the Iron County C-4 School District. He also spent 25 years as an adjunct professor of Public Speaking for Three Rivers College. Hager has an Ed.D. from Saint Louis University in Educational Leadership and Higher Learning. He is an alumni of Three Rivers, along with his wife, Lana; daughter, Macy; daughter, Brittany Nickelson; and son-in-law, Jake Nickelson. A Van Buren resident for more than 25 years, Hager is a member of Van Buren First Baptist Church, where he serves as Chairman of the Deacons.

2016 - 2024

Dr. Amber Richardson, Member
Dr. Amber Richardson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April 2016 and then won election to the board in 2018. Richardson is employed as a clinical psychologist in Poplar Bluff. She previously taught as an adjunct psychology professor for Three Rivers College and Central Methodist University. She and her husband, Todd, are blessed with two children, Sawyer and Briley.

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