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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.


2014 - 2020

Eric Schalk, Chairman
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 has also 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.

2010 - 2022

Darren Garrison, Vice-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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Garrison stays active within his community, and is a member of the Rotary Club and Harvest Baptist Church.

2009 - 2018

Randy Grassham, Secretary
Randy Grassham was appointed to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 19, 2009 to fill the unexpired term of his father, long-time Trustee James Grassham from Van Buren. He was then elected to the board in 2010. Mr. Grassham has worked for 34 years as Parts and Service Manager in the family's business, Grassham Chevrolet in Van Buren. He has served for 10 years on the Van Buren City Council and is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Van Buren, where he is a member of the Music Department's Praise Worship Team. He has one daughter, Holly Holt, who is the manager of Service Plus in Mt. Grove and one son, Heath Grassham, who is the manager of Grassham Lumber and Hardware in Van Buren.

2016 - 2018

Dr. Amber Richardson, Treasurer
Dr. Amber Richardson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April 2016. Dr. 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.

2016 - 2022

Gary Featherston, Member
Gary Featherston was elected to the Board of Trustees seat for District 3 in 2016. A Poplar Bluff High School graduate and Three Rivers alumni, Featherston is a broker/agent with Poplar Bluff Realty, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Arkansas State University. He has lived in Doniphan for the past 25 years and is active in the community. Featherston also serves on the boards of PB Regional Giving Circle and Ozark Family Resource Agency. He attends His Place Fellowship and serves on the Executive Committee of the Three Rivers Board of Realtors. Between them, he and his wife Donna have three daughters and 6 grandchildren.

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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