takes over as headmaster of Excel
The last week has been a busy one for Dr. Davis Nelson
Not only did Nelson begin his term on the Bartow County School Board Friday evening, he assumed the role of headmaster at Excel Christian Academy.
Effective this month, Nelson
fills the spot left vacant by Tommy Harris, who left to spend more time with the church he
pastors in Cartersville.
Excel's Chief Operating Officer Danny Deems said the progression from Harris to Nelson was a natural one.
name quickly moved to the top of the list when we began our search; we had no idea that we would be able to secure his
time and abilities," he
As leader of the private, Christian academy, Nelson
brings to the position more than 40 years in education.
In addition to his time inside the classroom as a first-grade teacher with Bartow County Schools, his background includes time as an administrator, as curriculum director and superintendent.
Nelson also served as deputy state school superintendent.
"I'm in my 40th year in ... education and hopefully all those experiences I've had through the years will help me be a good resource for Excel
Dr. Joe Edwards, the school's founder and chairman of the board, said although other candidates were considered for headmaster, Nelson was at the "top of the list."
"We are so delighted that someone of Dr. Nelson's
stature will be taking this important office at Excel
," Edwards said.
In August, Nelson replaced former principal Paige Lochridge, who moved to Mount Paran Christian School.
"Most highly qualified principals have jobs, which makes it difficult to move in the middle of the year," Nelson
said, adding the school's board must approve the candidate.
While the option is available, Edwards doesn't anticipate Nelson
making additional changes to staffing at the SACS-accredited campus on Old Mill Road.
term with the county's school board this week, he
said the two positions pose no conflict of interest.
"It's two different operations," he
While the two roles will keep him busy, Nelson
said the opening at Excel
was something of a calling.
"God opened this door of opportunity and sent me a clear message that this was what I am to do at this stage in my life," he
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