President of Three Rivers College resigns

Dr. Devin Stephenson (Source: Three Rivers College)
Dr. Devin Stephenson (Source: Three Rivers College)
Dr. Wes Payne (Source: Three Rivers College)
Dr. Wes Payne (Source: Three Rivers College)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) – Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers College, announced Wednesday he is stepping down from his post.

Stephenson announced his resignation during the college's Board of Trustees' monthly meeting on Wednesday

In his letter of resignation, Stephenson requested a sabbatical leave through November 30 to be followed by the voluntary termination of his contract.

"Stephenson cited a desire to pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education as the reason for his request," according to a news release from the college. "During his sabbatical, Stephenson will serve as a consultant to the college to ease the administration's transition."

Immediately following his resignation, the board named Dr. Wesley Payne, Vice President for Learning, as interim president.

Randy Grassham, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the college would likely not begin seeking a permanent successor until the sabbatical period ends.

Stephenson has served as president of Three Rivers since 2009.

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