After 31 years with the Ada City School system, Ada High School principal Bill Nelson has retired and moved onto different projects with the Chickasaw Nation.

According to Jay Keel, Administrator of the division of youth and family services for the Chickasaw Nation, Nelson has been appointed as manager of the camps and recreation program within the department of youth services.

"We're very excited," Keel said. "You know Bill Nelson, with his 30 plus years of experience in education and administration will be a great addition for our kids and families."

"He's retiring from our school district," Pat Harrison, Superintendent of Ada City Schools, confirmed. "Anytime you lose an employee of his tenure, you're going to feel it."

Nelson has been active in the school district since 1975, serving as a social studies teacher and tennis coach until 1984. During this time, he was named Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1984. He was also president of the OTCA in 1982 and was Region V nominee for National Tennis Coach of the year in 1984. Nelson also went on to be president of the Ada Education Association in 1981 and a finalist for Ada Teacher of the year in 1984. He was appointed assistant principal for the 1984-1985 school year and principal in 1985.

In addition to his educational duties, Nelson has also been a participant in several organizations around the community, such as serving on the Executive Board of the Camp Fire of Ada for seven years, a member of the board of directors of the East Central Credit Union for three years and has been a member of the Ada Rotary Club since 1989, and serving as a member of the board of directors for two years.

Nelson and his wife, Martha, have been married for 32 years and have three daughters.

While Harrison said there was not a new principal appointed as of yet, there will be one in the near future. But he said Nelson would not be forgotten.

"We'll know that Bill Nelson is not here anymore," He said. "I wish him nothing but the best in his retirement and his new position."

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