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The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Tim Hager of Van Buren to fill the vacancy created with the passing of Randy Grassham. The appointment was confirmed at the Board of Trustees meeting in September. Hager will serve as the trustee for Sub-District Two until April 2020, when an election will be held to fill the remainder of Grassham’s term. “I’m honored to be selected as a trustee for Three Rivers. I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Payne and the other members of the board,” said Hager. “Three Rivers plays a vital role in our community, and I hope my participation on the board will assist the College in continuing to fulfill its mission.”

“Randy Grassham was a valued member of the Board of Trustees since 2009, when he was appointed to fill the term of his father, James Grassham, who had been a Board Member since 1982,” said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. “We’re fortunate to live in a community with highly qualified people who were willing to step into Mr. Grassham’s role in representing the people of Sub-District Two. I’m confident Dr. Hager will do an excellent job serving the College and his district.”

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. He is an alumni of Three Rivers, along with his wife, Lana, and daughter, Brittany, who was an Academic All-American Softball player. His daughter, Macy, is currently a freshman at Three Rivers.

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