Dothan City Schools celebrates the life of Dr. Sam Nichols, who passed away Friday, May 13, at the age of 75. Dr. Nichols was superintendent of Dothan City Schools for 6 years.
"The Dothan City Schools family is deeply saddened at the passing of Dr. Sam Nichols, former superintendent. Dr. Nichols was a kind and faithful servant to many in Dothan and served with distinction in his role as superintendent from 2005 through 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Nichols family," says Dr. Dennis Coe, Superintendent
Nichols began his career with Dothan City Schools in 1975 when he became the Assistant Principal of Highlands Elementary School. After 5 years at Highlands, he transferred to become the principal of Honeysuckle Middle School. Nichols transferred from Honeysuckle Middle School to the Dothan City Schools district office where he was the Director of Elementary Schools. In 1997 he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Instruction for Dothan City Schools.
In 2005, Sam applied for and was promoted by the Dothan City Schools Board of Education to serve as superintendent. Nichols served a six-year term as superintendent. During his term as superintendent, the school system experienced exceptional growth both academically and structurally under his leadership.
Nichols retired as Dothan City Schools superintendent on June 30, 2011 ending a 37 year career in education, 35 of which was spent in the Dothan City Schools.
We extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his wife, Ellen Nichols, their three daughters - Jennifer, Marsha, and Elle, his grandchildren and the rest of his family and many friends.
A graveside service with military honors will be held in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Todd Thorpe officiating.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project.
At Dothan City Board of Education's recent School Board Meeting, members of Dothan City's Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe honored former Dothan City School Superintendent, Dr. Sam Nichols, who passed away Friday, May 13. Dr. Nichols was superintendent of Dothan City Schools for 6 years.
During the meeting, Dothan City Board of Education issued a resolution to Dr. Nichols' family in his honor. In addition to the resolution, Dothan City Schools designated the superintendent's suite within Central Office the "Dr. Sam Nichols' Superintendent Suite."
Read the resolution below:
Resolution of Dothan City Board of Education to Honor Dr. Sam R. Nichols
WE, the Board of Education, faculty, and staff of Dothan City Schools wish to express our gratitude and respect for Dr. Sam R. Nichols and recommend that the Board adopt this Resolution to commend and honor him for his years of service.
Dr. Nichols served the students of Dothan City Schools as Superintendent from 2005 through 2011. He began his career with Dothan City Schools in 1975 as Assistant Principal of Highlands Elementary School for 5 years, then transferred to become Principal of Honeysuckle Middle School. He transferred from Honeysuckle Middle School to the district office servicing as the Director of Elementary Schools. In 1997, he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Instruction. In 2005, he became Superintendent, serving a 6-year term during which time the school system experienced exceptional growth both academically and structurally under his leadership.
WHEREAS, Dr. Sam Nichols retired on June 30, 2011, ending a 37-year career in education, 35 of which as spent serving Dothan City Schools tirelessly and unselfishly, touching countless lives and helping students to realize their dreams and earning the respect of all.
WHEREAS, Dr. Nichols served our community with honor and distinction and was committed to improving schools for every child through leading school improvement efforts.
WHEREAS, Dr. Nichols lived as an outstanding example through his dedication to his wife, his children, and his grandchildren, and dedication to walking humbly with his God as evidenced by his life and his service to his church and the community through numerous organizations.
THEREFORE, be it resolved that Dothan City Schools mourn with the family for the loss of Dr. Nichols on this earth.
that we will continue to follow the example he showed us in his life to work to improve the lives of those we touch and improve the community around us.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Dothan City Schools hereby designate within Central Office the Dr. Sam Nichols Superintendent Suite.
Signed this 13th day of June, 2022
-The Dothan City Schools Board of Education and Superintendent