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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.

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2010 - 2022

Darren Garrison, Chairman
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 BS 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 - 2020

Dr. Tim Hager, Vice-Chairman
Dr. Tim Hager was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2018. Hager is a former teacher, coach, and principal. After 30 years in public education, Hager recently retired as Superintendent of the Iron County C-4 School District. Hager 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 currently serving as the Chairman of the Missouri Beta Council. Hager is an alumni of Three Rivers, along with his wife, Lana; daughter, Brittany Nickelson, who was an Academic All-American Softball player; and son-in-law, Jake Nickelson. His daughter, Macy, is currently a freshman at Three Rivers. A Van Buren resident for more than 25 years, Hager is a member of Van Buren First Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon.


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2016 - 2018

Dr. Amber Richardson, Secretary
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. Richardson is involved in several education focused organizations, including serving on the boards of Christian Community Childcare, the Poplar Bluff R-1 School Foundation, the Designing Women Foundation, and the Bright Futures Advisory Board. She and her husband, Todd, are blessed with two children, Sawyer and Briley.
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2016 - 2022

Gary Featherston, Treasurer
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.
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2014 - 2020

Chris Williams, Member
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 and on the Fundraising Committee for the new event center. Williams met his wife, Regina, while attending Three Rivers. They are members of First Baptist Church. Their children are Parker and his wife, Lindsey Miller Williams; Tori Williams Randolph and her husband, Kyle Randolph; and Austin Williams. Williams lives in Poplar Bluff.
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2014 - 2020

Eric Schalk, Member
Eric Schalk and his wife, Juli, have both benefitted from attending Three Rivers College and now his oldest daughter attends classes at Three Rivers. 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 and his wife live in Poplar Bluff and have four children: Kayleigh, Isaac, 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. He is a member of First United Methodist Church.


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