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JUNE 3, 2014

Three Rivers College President becomes MCCA Council Chairman

Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College, has been chosen as the chairman of the Missouri Community College Association's (MCCA) Presidents/Chancellors Council for 2014-2015. The chairman leads the Council and supports MCCA's mission of community college advocacy.

"I'm both honored and humbled by my selection as chairman of the Council, and ready to continue the excellent work that MCCA does across our state," said Stephenson. "Community colleges continue to fuel and drive the engine of economic advancement for our state. Both MCCA and the Presidents/Chancellors Council have been invaluable forces for advocacy and awareness-building about the work that we do every day, across Missouri."

"With the needs and challenges facing community colleges today, it's imperative that we achieve the equality in funding and consideration needed to keep moving forward," Stephenson added. "I look forward to working with my colleagues and allies at MCCA and in the Council to make sure that we can continue advancing higher education in our state."

Stephenson has been president of Three Rivers College since 2009. Since the start of his presidency, Three Rivers College has seen a 50 percent increase in enrollment and has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in America. The college has also improved its campus safety initiatives, expanded its career/technical programs, and worked to improve the local economy through job training agreements with area manufacturers.

Dr. Stephenson is a graduate of Walker High School in Jasper, Ala. He earned an Associate of Science degree from Walker Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College, and master's and doctoral degrees in the Administration of Higher Education from the University of Alabama.

He has more than 30 years of experience in community college education in Alabama and Missouri. He is a peer evaluator with both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission accrediting agencies.

Dr. Stephenson's wife, Judy, works with him to promote and support Three Rivers. They have two children.

Stephenson will serve as chairman for one year, starting in July. Following his tenure, he will be succeeded by chairman-elect Cliff Davis, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Student Affairs, & Workforce Development at Ozarks Technical Community College. He will be joined on the board by Vice-Chair Dr. Ron Chesbrough of St. Charles Community College, and Past Chair Dr. Ray Cummiskey of Mineral Area College. Dr. Hal Higdon of Ozarks Technical Community College, Mark James of Metropolitan Community College, and Dr. Dennis Michaelis will also serve on the Council's Executive Committee.
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