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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.

grassham

Since 2009

Randy Grassham, Chairman
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.
ressel

Since 2012

Ben Ressel, Vice Chairman
As a Three Rivers alumni, Ben Ressel knows first-hand the benefits of a community college education. Mr. Ressel played basketball for Three Rivers from 1995-97, and graduated with an associate degree. He then went on to Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is now employed at First Midwest Bank. He is active in the community, having served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and Westwood Hills Country Club, and he is a member of Kiwanis. Mr. Ressel lives in Poplar Bluff.
davis

Since 2009

Phil Davis, Secretary
Phil Davis is a member of the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce and has previously served Three Rivers through the Presidential Search Committee. A member of the National Federation of Independent Businessmen, Mr. Davis has owned and operated Davis TrueValue in Doniphan for over 30 years. Mr. Davis graduated from Doniphan R-I High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Southeast Missouri State University. His wife, Carol, who attended Three Rivers evening classes to further her education, recently retired from Doniphan schools after 32 years of teaching. They have three children: Alicia, Greg, and Morgan, who attended Three Rivers and played for the women's basketball team as an Academic All-American.
williams

Since 2014

Chris Williams, Treasurer
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.
schalk

Since 2014

Eric Schalk, Member
Eric Schalk and his wife, Juli, have both benefitted from attending Three Rivers College and now his oldest daughter plans to enroll. 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. He 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.
garrison

Since 2009

Darren Garrison, Member
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, also a Three Rivers graduate, and their two daughters. Mr. Garrison stays active within his community, and is a youth coach for the Parks Department, and a member of the Rotary Club and Harvest Baptist Church.


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